1. For 48 hours, avoid intense rinsing, spitting, sucking through a straw or smoking. Gently rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon in 8oz. of warm water) to soothe your gums.
2. Apply an ice pack intermittently to take down any swelling.
3. Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods that may lodge in extraction site.
4. Take your medication following instructions as prescribed.
5. Relieve bleeding by placing a rolled piece of gauze against the area for about 30 minutes.
You should be fully recovered in a few days, but if you experience abnormal pain or if something seems wrong, PLEASE CALL US 481-3567.
Eating and brushing can be a challenge with new braces. It can mean a change in your diet and your cleaning habits.
During the period of time you are wearing braces, you may need to suppress your longing for some foods, such as corn on the cob, and adopt enthusiasm for others such as liquefied fruit.
1. STAY AWAY! Some foods are just best to avoid altogether: Nuts, Popcorn, Ice, Corn on the cob, Hard candy Ribs, French bread crust, Whole Apples and Corn Nuts. Sweets and sticky foods require extra brushing. High sugared & acidic foods are tough on your tooth enamel.
2. BLEND AWAY! Most fruits can be eaten if you run them through the blender first.
3. CLEAN AWAY! Green vegetables are notorious for getting caught up in the hardware. If you're a salad eater, plan on spending some time conducting and checking your teeth in a mirror after you've eaten.
No matter what you eat, try brushing within five minutes after eating. Carry a toothbrush with you. At night use an oral irrigation to clean around your bands, concentrating on your gums. Be sure to keep up with your regular dental appointments.
If you have any questions about what to eat and what to avoid or if you have any problems at all with your braces give us a call at (907) 481-3567.