Instructions for your New Braces at Home

  • Soreness can be relieved by rinsing the mouth with warm water & salt and mouthwash.
  • Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse vigorously.
  • Soreness should end by the third or fourth day.
  • Teeth may feel loose during treatment. This is expected and normal.
  • Teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new positions.
  • Brush your teeth more regularly than normal (after every meal) as there is no room for any carelessness during orthodontic treatment.
  • Use circular, vibrating motions around the gum line 10 seconds on each tooth. Brush slowly; each arches separately, every tooth.
  • Be careful when eating, not to break your orthodontic appliances.
  • For the first few days, soft foods are more appropriate.
  • Food should be cut into small pieces, and chewing should be done with the back teeth.
  • NEVER bite into anything with your front teeth – your braces will break off: such as, apples, pears, corn on the cob, chicken wings, and any meat on the bone.
  • Hard foods are off limits or must be cut up in small pieces and chewed with your back teeth: such as, hard cookies, pizza crust, hard breads, hard pretzels, bagels, hard candies, frozen snacks, ice cubes and raw vegetables.
  • Chewy, sticky candies are OFF LIMITS. There are absolutely no exceptions.
  • Do not chew on pens, pen caps, pencils, straws or fingernails.