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Life with Braces

Taking care of your braces and teeth will help you finish your treatment with a winning smile!   It is important to continue your regular visits with your dentist for cleanings. Dr. Vargo will communicate with your dentist while you are in treatment and keep them up to date with your treatment plan.

We like to reward our patients who complete a successful journey to a new smile without any bumps in the road.  We will give you 500 points on your VIP Rewards Card if you do not have any missed appointments, no emergency appointments for repairs and great hygiene reports at each visit!

Appointments

Your visits with us will vary in length as we take you through your orthodontic journey.  We will need to see you every 8-12 weeks for your adjustments.  It is important to keep your regularly scheduled appointments.  Excessive cancellations or rescheduled appointments will prolong your orthodontic treatment.

Home Care

We will give you a home care kit when you start treatment with us.  It will be filled with everything you need to be successful with keeping your appliances super clean!  You will get toothbrushes for home and for travel, proxy brushes, floss threaders, toothpaste, orthodontic wax and much more in a kit that keeps everything neat and tidy.

Eating with Braces

There are many foods that you can enjoy while wearing your braces!  The best course of action is to stay away from foods that are sticky, hard, chewy and crunchy.

Foods to avoid with braces:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots. You can cut the corn off the cob and slice apples and carrots into thin pieces! 

Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances

Soreness is a common side effect that occurs when the teeth begin to move.  It feels much like a sore muscle does after exercising.  We will supply you with a therabite for you to chew on to help work the tenderness out.  It is natural to feel a dull, achy sensation after getting your braces and after each adjustment. Take Motrin or Advil, or any pain reliever you are comfortable with taking for a headache, to relieve this discomfort.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

Mouthguards

Dr. Vargo will provide complimentary mouthguards to all our athletes who need the protection.  If you have a sports related injury, please contact us as soon as possible. We have someone on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.