BRACES 101

Dr. Dougherty’s helpful tips for a successful orthodontic treatment.

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WHAT TO EXPECT WITH BRACES

Straight teeth are healthy teeth. Braces not only create beautiful smiles, but help maintain the health of your teeth. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.  A beautiful, straight smile is a wonderful asset that builds confidence that will last a lifetime!

So you have questions about getting braces, either for yourself or your child. Ever wish that someone would just publish a “Braces 101: What to Expect?” Or some sort of “Braces Survival Guide?”

You’re in luck! After many years of experience with braces and the people who wear them, we’ve fielded every question and heard every concern. So we are here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve heard in regards to braces and orthodontic treatment. Keep on reading our Braces 101 guide for the lowdown.

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WHAT FOODS TO AVOID AND ENJOY DURING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

FOODS TO AVOID

 Popcorn

 Hard Pizza Crust

Crusty Breads

 Hard/Crunch Chips or Pretzels

 Granola Bars

Hard Taco Shells

 Ice

 Beef Jerky

 Sticky /Hard Candies

Nuts and Seeds

FOODS TO ENJOY

Apples and other crunchy fruit (cut into small pieces)

Carrots and other crunchy veggies (cut into small pieces or steamed)

Corn (cut off the cob)

Meat (removed from bone)

Hard cookies softened with milk

Baked Lays, Pringles, GoldFish, Cheetos Puffs

Candy – Hershey’s kisses, Reeces cups

Popcorn alternative (puff-corn)

3 STEPS FOR ORTHODONTIC  SUCCESS 

1. KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN
Clean teeth with healthy gums move faster! Poor brushing can cause decalcification and cavities

2. DON’T BREAK YOUR BRACKETS
Broken brackets will extend your time in treatment. In fact, one broken brackets = one additional month in treatment.

3. FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS
Dr. Dougherty and her team will provide you with all the information you need for successful treatment with braces!

HOW TO PREVENT WHITE SPOTS & CAVITIES

Diligent brushing around appliances is the best prevention.

Use the prescription fluoride toothpaste we have recommended.

Avoid sugary and acidic food/beverages.

HELPFUL TIPS FROM DR. DOUGHERTY

HOW TO BRUSH WITH BRACES

HOW TO FLOSS WITH BRACES

HOW TO FIX A POKING WIRE

HOW TO FIX A BROKEN BRACKET

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