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Oral Hygiene

An electric toothbrush is the most effective type of toothbrush available. We highly recommend this type of toothbrush. If you do not have an electric toothbrush, we suggest using a soft bristled toothbrush and a waterpik.

  • Brush in small circles above, on top of and below the braces
  • Brush all molar chewing surfaces
  • Be sure to brush along the gumline
  • Brush the inside of your teeth in small circles
  • Spend approximately 2 minutes each time you brush in order to be effective
  • We recommend using a fluoride rinse each day
  • Review the Oral Hygiene video in the Patient Education Center Link

Food Instructions

  • No gum or nuts
  • Avoid all chewy, sticky and hard candy (Gummy Bears, Taffy, Starburst, Caramels, Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, etc.)
  • Ice (can have it in drinks, but do not chew or suck ice cubes)
  • Soft drinks are fine, but brush afterwards
  • Hard crusted breads and rolls, pizza crust, chips, pretzels, cookies, etc. (break up and chew on back molars)
  • Slice or dice raw vegetables and fruit before eating and chew on back molars
  • Cut meat away from bones (Chicken, Ribs, etc.)
  • Cut fresh corn off the cob
  • Do not chew on pens, pencils, fingers, etc.

Try not to bite into things with front teeth. Try to chew as much as possible on the back teeth. If you are eating something that hurts the teeth when you chew, then it’s too hard to be eating.

Remember:

BRUSH YOUR TEETH, GUMS AND BRACES AFTER EVERY MEAL OR SNACK. AGAIN, JUST A REMINDER, DO NOT PLAY WITH YOUR BRACES, WIRES OR ANY OTHER PARTS OF YOUR APPLIANCE WITH TONGUE, FINGERS, PENCILS, PENS, ETC. CONTACT OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY IF ANY PART OF YOUR APPLIANCE BECOMES LOOSE OR DAMAGED. PLACE WAX OR COTTON ON ANY PART FOR TEMPORARY RELIEF OR ANY IRRITATION. POST THIS WHERE YOU CAN REFER TO IT FREQUENTLY.

Soft Food Suggestions

  • Shakes
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Soup
  • Spaghetti
  • Waffles
  • Applesauce
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Pot Pies
  • Cereal Bars
  • Pancakes
  • Oatmeal
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Peaches/Bananas
  • Hamburger/Fries

Although some patients are able to eat or drink almost anything while in braces and have no ill effects, there are certain dietary habits that are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances as well as increase the risk of dental disease. Our aim is to achieve the treatment goals with as few disturbances to appliances as possible and to minimize the side effects of poor diet choices. Remember, teeth move best in a healthy environment. A well-balanced diet is critical to good treatment results.

Remember, if you have any questions about dietary restriction or good food choices, please ask.

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Office Locations

ORLAND PARK
15100 S. LaGrange Rd.,
Orland Park, Illinois 60462
ph. 708.349.1740
OAK FOREST
5950 W. 159th St.,
Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
ph. 708.687.4280