Things to remember following start of Orthodontic Treatment
The issues and instructions below are a review of your training session with our staff. Please keep this reference in a convenient place and refer to it as necessary.
Your teeth may become sore following initial bracket placement or after an adjustment. Some food choices to consider at first are: hamburger, mashed or baked potatoes, eggs, oatmeal, apple sauce, tuna, pasta, cottage cheese, jell-o, yogurt, ice cream, soup, rice, canned fruits, steamed vegetables, meat loaf, fish, malts and shakes.
Warm liquids soothe a sore mouth. Heat in the form of warm water, hot chocolate, tea, coffee and broth will soothe the roots and make you feel more comfortable.
FOODS TO AVOID OR TO BE CAREFUL WITH:
Certain food types need either to be avoided or properly prepared to prevent breakage of appliances. Braces will break off easily if hard, chewy or sticky foods are not managed carefully.
The rule is: if in doubt about a food being too hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy, it probably is.
AVOID: Hard bread, bagels, pretzels, hard cookies, nuts, popcorn kernels, hard candy, hard chips, pizza crust, pits in olives and chewing ice. Chewy meats, hard fruits and vegetables, all need to be cut into small pieces and chewed carefully. Avoid chewing on pens, pencil and fingernails.
Small pieces and careful chewing are the best advice. It is all about how to chew and not ‘what to chew’.
We do expect occasional, accidental breakage, but repetitive breakage slows treatment, requires extra visits and its very discouraging! Loose or broken brackets or bands usually occur from overzealous chewing of hard foods. The wearing of prescribed appliances (e.g. bite planes) as instructed helps keep breakage to a minimum.
Please call immediately if something is broken so that we may determine the exact nature of the problem and schedule adequate time for repair!
If you simply walk in for your regular visit with something broken we may not have the necessary time for repair! So please call if breakage occurs, even if just prior to a scheduled visit.
Visits are spaced in coordination with the needs of treatment. Proper timing of visits truly expedites treatment. Excessive failed or cancelled appointments disrupt treatment progress and lengthen treatment time.
REMINDER: Please, see your dentist every 6 months!
Good Luck! Always feel comfortable to call the office or email us if you have any questions or concerns.
Minnah & Korn Orthodontic Team
After Orthodontic Treatment
WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
Following completion of treatment, every patient enters into the active retention phase. During active retention final position of the teeth is achieved through settling. Spaces are closed where possible, roots solidify in bone sockets, and a final bite relationship is achieved.
Final records will be taken to evaluate the final dental and skeletal conditions, wisdom teeth, etc. Records include x-rays and photographs.
Full time wear of retainers is necessary during this period because the teeth are mobile and need to recover from orthodontic tooth movement. It is imperative that retainers be worn full time as the teeth may relapse to their original position.
Retainer Instruction Sheet
Please read and remember that retainers are always IN THE MOUTH, IN THE HAND or IN THE BOX – never any other place. Keep them away from heat and pets.
During the first few months of active retention, retainers are worn full time. If it is necessary to remove the retainer from the mouth, be certain that it is IN THE HAND or IN THE BOX, never in a pocket, in a napkin, on the dresser or next to the sink. It will very easily be broken/lost and there will be a fee to replace it.
RECALL AND PASSIVE RETENTION
When active retention is completed, you will be placed on recall, during which time retainers will be worn on a maintenance basis. Retainers should be tried in every day indefinitely, and worn when they feel tight.
There is a tendency for patients to consider their case completed during recall. This is not so! Issues such as completion of growth, decisions on third molars (wisdom teeth) and completion of dental procedures will be monitored during this period. Control of orthodontic results depends on appropriate long term retention measures. You will be asked to call/email for or given a recall appointment. If you do not respond to our notification, we may place your file on an inactive status and wait to hear from you.
Our bodies continue to change indefinitely. Follow these rules and you will be a VERY HAPPY orthodontic patient!