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Life with Braces

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

Handling Orthodontic Emergencies

General Information

Eating With Braces

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


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 Do I Do In Case of an Emergency?

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

You may also consult this document about handling orthodontic emergencies.

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.

Handling Orthodontic Emergencies

For information on an assortment of orthodontic emergencies and how to handle them, please read this comprehensive PDF.

Braces FAQ

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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