Hygiene and Care
The PacificWest team will take care of moving your teeth, but we need you to keep your teeth healthy! From maintaining proper dental hygiene to being aware of the foods you eat, getting your teeth straight is a team effort.
How to take care of your teeth: Flossing is just as important as brushing, especially when you have braces. Food can easily get stuck in your teeth and braces, so diligence is key.
What not to eat: There are many things you can still eat with braces, so we will focus on what you cannot eat. We want you to avoid foods that may loosen or get stuck in the braces, which are typically hard, sticky, and chewy foods. Also avoid biting into whole foods like apples and carrots; instead, cut them up into bite-sized pieces.
Quick fixes to minor pain: It does not happen often, but sometimes you may experience slight discomfort with your braces. For example, a wire might be poking your cheek or the bracket may be loose. We recommend you calling our office so we can set you up with an appointment to get the issue fixed. For immediate relief, place some wax on top of the wire or bracket. General soreness caused by the braces can be mitigated by taking Tylenol or Advil.
Although our Orthodontists are fully trained as dentists, we specialize only in the treatment of Orthodontic issues. We strongly recommend that you continue a regular schedule of check-ups and cleanings with your family dentist for the maintenance of your dental health.