Life With Braces

Eating With Your Braces

For most situations, common sense will tell you what foods to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods, and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should also be avoided when caring for your braces.

Loosening of Your Teeth

Your teeth will loosen over the course of your orthodontic treatment. Please do not be alarmed! This is normal as your teeth loosen so they can move. Once your teeth are in their correct positions, they will become firmly in place again.

Loose Wire, Bracket, or Band

Contact our office immediately for advice if a wire, bracket or band is loosened. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. Sometimes the bracket needs to be re-cemented as soon as possible, and other times it may be able to wait until your next visit. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you with Dr. Long.


The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, white spot lesions, tooth decay, and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.

More Information on Brushing and Flossing

Appliance Compliance

Each patient’s orthodontic condition requires a treatment plan based on a specialized diagnosis of the case. Braces have one aim: to use gentle pressure to move teeth into proper alignment. Treatment time varies depending on age, patient compliance and the severity of the condition. Finishing treatment on time is facilitated by ideal patient cooperation. In order to complete your treatment effectively, please be sure to wear your rubber bands, headgear, aligners, retainers, and other appliances as prescribed by Dr. Long.