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Oral Hygiene & Dieting/ Eating Habits

Diet and Eating Habits

Stay away from hard foods like:

  • Popcorn
  • Ice (chewing)
  • Nuts
  • Pizza crust
  • Peanut brittle
  • Pretzels
  • Chips (Doritos)
  • Hard candy
  • Corn on the cob

Hard foods may do damage by bending wires, loosening cement under the brackets and bands or breaking the brackets and tubes which have been attached.

Avoid sticky foods like:

  • Taffy
  • Licorice
  • Candy or caramel apples
  • Caramel
  • Gum
  • Skittles
  • Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Toffee
  • Starbursts
  • Gummy candy
  • Candy bars
Sticky foods can damage appliances by bending wires and pulling brackets or bands loose.

Brush/rinse immediately after sweets like:

  • Candy
  • Ice cream
  • Soda pop
  • Cupcakes
  • Shakes and malts
  • Cookies
  • Cake and pie
  • Presweetened cereals

High-sugar foods increase the likelihood of plaque build-up. If you do eat them, brush your teeth immediately afterwards. If you cannot brush right away, always rinse your mouth with clear water after eating sweet food.

Eat with care:

  • Carrot Sticks – Cut into thin sticks.
  • Apples – Slice and peel into small wedges; don't bite into apple.
  • Hard bread – (French, bagels) – Break up into small pieces and chew carefully.
  • Pizza – Take small bites; avoid eating the crust.
  • Meats – Cut into small bites and chew carefully.
  • Crackers and chips – Take small pieces and chew carefully.
  • Peanut butter – Smooth only; never eat “chunky” style.

Foods to increase Calcium and Vitamin C:

  • Milk
  • Apple juice
  • Yogurt
  • Grapefruit
  • Cheese
  • Broccoli
  • Orange juice
  • Melons

Calcium and Vitamin C are very important for healing bone and collagen that are affected by the movement of your teeth. Consuming adequate amounts of these nutrients daily will also help maintain healthy gums.

No Fingernail, Pencil or Pen Biting!

Put wax over poking wires and broken brackets to prevent poking:

Elastics help your orthodontist complete your treatment, your job is to help. Only wear the elastics that your orthodontist tells you to use:

Identifying different parts of your braces:

Keeping your teeth clean helps to complete your treatment healthy, non clean teeth can result to this:

This picture is the use of the Platypus Flosser. It allows the floss to get under the wire.

This is the use of a "floss threader" which helps thread the floss behind the wire.

Our Services

Early Interceptive

Early interceptive orthodontic care is actually preventive care. Our intention is to prevent crooked teeth and a bad bite from developing.

Teen Orthodontics

Orthodontic teeth straightening technology has improved dramatically in recent years and you don’t have to wear unattractive metal braces in order to straighten your smile.

Adult Orthodontics

Even if you are in your 50s, 60s or older, it’s not too late to straighten your teeth and give yourself the smile you’ve always dreamed about.

Damon®Smile

In many cases, Damon®Smile braces reduce both total treatment time and the number of adjustments and office visits needed.

Invisalign/Invisalign Teen

Invisalign uses clear aligners that fit snugly over teeth and slowly move the teeth into their correct positions, just like braces.