(520) 795-2323

Rita Ranch / Vail

(520) 664-0101

Life With Braces

General Information

  • Eating with Braces

    Basically, stay away from chewy, crunchy and/or sticky foods, such as licorice, caramel and chewing ice.

  • Discomfort

    During the first week after your braces are placed, you will likely feel some discomfort. Also, your teeth will become slightly mobile which is completely normal. For the discomfort, take what you would normally take for pain relief, such as aspirin or Tylenol.

  • Oral Hygiene

    Brushing is more important than ever with your new braces. You will need to spend extra time brushing and flossing your teeth. We will show you the correct technique in keeping your teeth clean.

Orthodontic First Aid

  • What to do in case of an emergency?

    Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office - by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you.

  • Loose bracket or band

    Call our office immediately for advice if a brace or wire is loosened. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers.

  • Wire Irritation

    Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of wax.

  • Lost separators

    Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office to see if it needs to be replaced.

General Orthodontic Questions

  • Should my teeth be cleaned before my initial orthodontic consultation?

    Yes. If you've been to your dentist for a cleaning within the last 6 months, we can go ahead and put your braces on. If you are due for a hygiene visit, please call your dentist to schedule a cleaning appointment.

  • Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

    Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.

  • Will braces interfere with playing sports?

    No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard.

  • Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

    No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.

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