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Care of Braces
To successfully complete the treatment plan, you will need to work together with Dr Coveney by following all instructions. These include making dietary changes, consistently wearing your elastic bands (if required) and attending all appointments.
 
It is important to make some changes to your diet. Listed below are examples of the types of foods that will damage the braces by either bending the wires or dislodging the brackets. Remember – damaged brackets and wires means longer treatment time!
 
DO NOT EAT;
CHEWY & STICKY FOODS such as Muesli Bars, Minties, Mars Bars, Red Skins, Skittles, Snickers or Toffee
HARD & CRUNCHY FOODS nuts, ice, crusty breads and rolls, Savoy’s, BBQ Shapes, popcorn, corn chips and rice crackers
FOODS HIGH IN SUGAR chocolate, lollies, soft drinks, sports drinks
FOODS HIGH IN ACID energy drinks, diet soft drinks and excessive amounts of fruit juice
DON’T BITE FINGERNAILS OR CHEW THE END OF A PEN
 

Change the Way you Eat
  • Meat should be cut from the bone;
  • Cut hard raw fruits and vegetables such as apples, celery and carrots into small pieces;
  • Cut corn from the cob;
  • Don’t chew on chop or chicken bones,
  • Limit sugary food and drinks to special occasions only. Fruit juices, cordials and sports drinks are all very high in sugar and will cause permanent white marks on the teeth and cause decay.
General Soreness
You should expect some general soreness for a couple of days after the braces are fitted. Your teeth may feel tender when biting and chewing. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin, Panadol or whatever you would normally take for a headache or similar pain.
 
Your lips, cheeks and tongue may become a little irritated, however they will become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen irritation – we will give you wax at your Banding appointment and show you how to use it.
 
For the first few days eat soft foods such as sandwiches, soups and pastas.
 
Loosening of Teeth
From time to time you may feel as though your teeth are a little loose or wobbly, this is completely normal and it is because your teeth are moving.
 
Spaces & Gaps
It is common for spaces or gaps to open during treatment. This is part of the process of moving teeth into their final position. Don’t worry about spaces or gaps, Dr Coveney will not leave any gaps at the end of treatment.
 
Brushing & Flossing
It’s more important than ever to floss and brush well when you have braces. Braces act like a food trap so good oral hygiene is imperative. We will show you how to floss and brush at you Banding appointment. We will also give you written information to take home.
 
You will also need to have a check and clean with your General Dentist every six months. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a Periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
 
Remember, teeth move quicker through healthy gums!
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