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Braces care

Braces Care

Braces often causes mild to severe discomfort in most patients for majority of patients the symptoms subsides over a few days or a week. Please follow these simple guidelines for a more comfortable experience

General Soreness

  • General Soreness can be relieved by rinsing the mouth with a warm water & salt mouthwash
  • Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse vigorously
  • Paracetamol (Crocin, Calpol), mild anti-inflamatory (Combiflam, Duoflam) can be taken to alleviate any pain
  • Soreness should end by the third or fourth day

Loosening of Teeth

  • Teeth may feel loose during treatment. This is expected and normal
  • One has to understand that teeth will loosen a bit first, to be move to a new position
  • Teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new positions


  • Be careful when eating, not to break your orthodontic appliances
  • For the first few days, soft foods are more appropriate & rinse after every meal.
  • Brush 3 times a day - circular & vertical motion.
  • 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, guava, raw carrots, sugarcane, cucumber, chips, chewing gums, corn, popcorn, chicken wings, and any fibrous 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, coconut, chaklis nuts and raw vegetables
  • Chewy, sticky candies are OFF LIMITS. There are absolutely no exceptions
  • Chewy sticky things may not immediately cause damage but, they will do damage over time.
  • Keep things that aren't food out of your mouth
  • Do not chew on pens, pen caps, pencils, straws or finger nails
  • We put bends in the wire to move your teeth in a certain direction. If you put a bend in your wire by chewing something you should not have, you will shift your teeth in the wrong direction lengthening treatment time and causing problems
  • Mild ulcerations due to sharp wires might appear. Apply Dologel or Dentogel or just plain glycerine as and wen required.

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