As your premier choice for a Topeka and Lawrence orthodontist, we’ve made it our goal to give all of our patients the smoothest orthodontic treatments possible. With our wide array of treatments, including metal, ceramic, and clear braces, we’re well-equipped to meet all of your orthodontic needs. Not only are we proud of the efficient orthodontics that we supply, but we also pride ourselves on the compassionate care that we offer. We’ll be here for you every step of the way…even before you actually begin your treatment as well! For your benefit, we’ve provided a few helpful tips that you should think about before you begin your braces treatment.
Be Prepared to Avoid Certain Foods
When you have metal or ceramic braces, there are certain types of foods that can be problematic for them. These foods to avoid include hard foods and sticky foods. Hard foods can potentially damage the brackets and wires of your braces if you eat them. These can include foods such as nuts, chips, carrots, bagels, and taco shells. Sticky foods are also harmful as they may tug at the wires and brackets, loosening them or pulling them off completely. Some examples are licorice, caramel, toffee, and gum. Eliminating these types of foods from your diet will help you take a big step toward a successful orthodontic treatment.
Take the Extra Time for Oral Hygiene
While oral hygiene is always important, oral hygiene for a patient with braces is absolutely vital! Metal and ceramic braces contain many nooks and crannies for food particles to get trapped; when this occurs, it can lead to the development of cavities. To prevent this, it’s important to brush four times a day (once after each meal and again before going to bed) and floss daily as well.
Know What to Do in Case of an Emergency
During orthodontic treatment with ceramic or metal braces, there are thankfully very few true emergencies that can occur. However, when these do occur, it’s best to head to an emergency room as soon as possible. For most situations though (such as a broken bracket or a poking archwire), you should just call us up and we can schedule an appointment for you at our earliest opening.
Visit Your Topeka and Lawrence Orthodontist!
Ready to take the next step and get metal or clear braces of your own? Feel free to give us a call at (785) 272-3722 for our Topeka office or (785) 843-3183 for our Lawrence office. Alternatively, you can schedule a visit through our online appointment request form. We hope to hear from you soon and make your orthodontic treatment as stress-free as possible!