General Tips

General Tips

Every patient we've ever treated wants two things when they start treatment: they want their teeth and smile to look great, and they want to get out of braces quickly. Well, we want exactly the same thing; so let's talk about the things that can help make that happen!


Some lucky patients have orthodontic problems that are easily corrected with little or no effort on their part – Dr. Goldreich and his talented staff do all of the work, make all of the adjustments and voila! – a perfect result. However, for most patients (and probably you), a perfect result will never be achieved without one all-important ingredient: patient cooperation. We wish that we could control every aspect of your treatment, but we will need your help by wearing such things as elastics (small rubber bands that go between upper and lower braces) and retainers. Please keep in mind that the success and speed of your orthodontic treatment totally depends on how well you follow Dr. Goldreich's directions. Orthodontics is a team effort; we can't do it without your help.


SO HOW DO I KEEP MY TEETH HEALTHY?

  • See your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups! We encourage you to see your dentist every three months during orthodontic treatment.
  • Poor oral hygiene leaves plaque (bacteria and food debris) between the brackets and your gum line, causing the gum tissue to become red and swollen. This swollen gum tissue makes the teeth move much more slowly.
  • Plaque on the teeth due to poor oral hygiene makes an acid that leads to ugly white or brown spots or outright cavities – right on the front of the teeth!
  • When you brush, don't be in a hurry! Braces can make keeping your teeth clean more of a challenge; it takes two to three minutes of proper brushing to get most of the plaque off.
  • Brush your teeth at least two times a day, three times would be even better!
  • We recommend using a Sonicare® toothbrush. The Sonicare® toothbrush works with a combination of high speed brushing and sonic wave action, which works great for patients with orthodontic appliances. For your convenience, we have them available in our office.
  • Floss your teeth daily. We will show you the way to make it easier with your braces.
  • To strengthen the enamel of your teeth and prevent decay we recommend using a prescription fluoride treatment. Also for your convenience you may purchase this in our office.
  • During orthodontic treatment there will be certain foods you will want to avoid. We will provide you with a list of some recommendations.

NO-NO FOOD LIST

  • ICE
  • PENS AND PENCILS
  • DORITOS, FRITOS, TOSTITOS
  • HARD PRETZELS
  • HARD SHELL TACOS
  • HARD, CHEWY BREADS OR BAGELS
  • BEEF JERKY OR SLIM JIMS
  • NUTS
  • ***POPCORN***
  • CARAMEL CANDY
  • STICKY GUM
  • SUCKERS
  • GUMMY BEARS
  • TOOTSIE ROLLS
  • TAFFY
  • JOLLY RANCHERS

ANYTHING HARD, STICKY, CHEWY GOOEY WILL LOOSEN YOUR APPLIANCES AND YOU MAY NOT NOTICE IT UNTIL HOURS OR EVEN DAYS LATER. LOOSE APPLIANCES CAN CAUSE A LONGER TREATMENT TIME FOR YOU!!!



YES-YES FOOD LIST

  • ICE CREAM
  • POPSICLES
  • PUDDING
  • JELL-O
  • SOFT TACOS
  • MACARONI AND CHEESE
  • SPAGHETTI
  • MASHED POTATOES
  • EGGS
  • YOGURT
  • FRUITS & VEGETABLES CUT INTO SMALL WEDGES
  • PRINGLES OR LAYS
  • CHEESE PUFFS
  • SOUP
  • CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICHES


  • Oral Hygiene

    1 Use a dry brush with a small amount of toothpaste. Place bristles where gums and teeth meet.

    Brushing

    2 Use circular, vibrating motions around the gum lines, 10 seconds on each tooth.

    Brushing

    3 Brush slowly, each arch separately, every tooth.

    Brushing

    4 Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth too!

    Brushing

    HOW? With your toothbrush
    (soft bristles only).

    WHEN? After every meal.
    If you cannot brush right away, rinse well with water.



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