Comfort Instructions

Maintaining Your Oral Hygiene With Braces

Having a good oral hygiene routine is crucial to keeping your teeth happy and healthy during your orthodontic treatment. it can be so easy to get food and bacteria stuck on your brackets if you don’t know how to properly brush and floss. Learning how to best care for your teeth with braces can be a little challenging at first, but we have some tips and tricks that are sure to help! 

When you brush your teeth with braces, it’s extremely important to brush around every bracket from every angle to truly get a good clean. Remember to brush three times a day or after each meal and snack to keep your teeth nice and clean! After you brush your teeth at night, grab your orthodontic floss picks that fit behind your wires and floss in between each tooth to ensure all the food particles are gone. 

Utilize your wax if any brackets are bothering you, and be sure to call our office if you have any persisting pain or questions for us!

How to Remove a Bracket at Home

If you break a bracket at home and it’s causing you discomfort, you can always come into our office for us to fix it and we’ll replace it with a new one! But sometimes it feels better to replace the broken bracket yourself until we put the new one on. The easiest way to ease the discomfort of a broken bracket is to cover it with your orthodontic wax to ease the discomfort until you can get into our office.

If your wax doesn’t do the trick, try removing the bees jet next! Each bracket has a little door mechanism that allows you to open it and move it off the wire. We use little tools to access and open the door, but you can find helpful items at home, such as a little corn cob holder that can easily open the bracket door. Now you won’t have to worry about that bracket bothering you before your next visit! Remember to be careful when attempting to remove a bracket, and call us if you need any help! We’ll be sure to get you into our office soon. 

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The Key to Fixing Poky Wires at Home

Occasionally, our patients experience a little discomfort from their wire poking the back of their cheeks. While this can be annoying, there is a quick fix! If your wire slips out of your back bracket, get a pair of tweezers, use the tweezers to grab onto the wire, and loop it back through your bracket. This will keep it from poking your cheek and irritating you. If that doesn’t work, grab some sanitized wire cutters and trim the wire as close to that last bracket as possible. If you don’t have wire cutters on hand, try sanitized cuticle clippers or nail clippers.

Another great option for easing the discomfort of a pokey wire is to cover it with your orthodontic wax, so the end won’t agitate your gums anymore. If any of these techniques don’t work, or if your discomfort persists, be sure to call our office so we can get you scheduled sooner and fix that pesky wire. 

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Getting Started with Braces or Invisalign

Congratulations on your new braces or clear aligners! We are so excited to watch your smile transformation! We know you probably received a lot of information and instructions from our Stoll Orthodontics team, and it’s a lot to remember! Our video guide on Getting Started with Braces or Invisalign can help refresh your memory if you forget a detail about how to properly brush your teeth, or what foods you should avoid. If you think of a question about your braces or Invisalign, try watching this video to see if it solves your problem. If it doesn’t, feel free to call us so we can help! Remember to follow these helpful care tips so you can enjoy your journey through orthodontic treatment!