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Care of Your Appliances (Braces)
How to Care for Your Appliances
1) Follow the food guidelines provided to you at the time of appliance placement. Avoid all foods that are crunchy, sticky or sugary.
2) Prevent plaque on your teeth. Brush your teeth after every meal and before going to bed. Floss at least once a day. Use a flouride rinse. Continue to see your dentist at regular six month intervals during treatment.
Be extra careful to clean around the following areas: between the gum and the band, behind the arch wire and loops, and around newly erupted teeth.
The orthodontic assistants will provide you with basic brushing and flossing instructions. If you have any questions any time during treatment about oral hygiene, just ask!
3) Keep a regular appointment schedule. You should be seen every four to six weeks. Try to keep as close to four weeks as your schedule and our schedule allows.
4) Report any irritation or breakage as soon as possible. Should you have any pain or extended discomfort after an appointment, call our office at 978-256-2526. If we are closed, please contact our emergency number.
Apply wax to the area of discomfort. Do not try and fix the problem yourself without talking to the orthodontist first. "Selfodontics" can cause more problems and/or irritation.
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