General Patient Care

General Patient Care

How to Care for Your Braces with Feldman Orthodontics

We want you to be informed about you or your child’s orthodontic and dental needs. That is why we offer a completely complimentary consultation so we can address all of your orthodontic concerns. During your orthodontic treatment, there are a few things you should know. Read below on how to take care of your orthodontic appliances during treatment.

How to Care for Your Braces

Orthodontic Home Care Instructions

Home Care Orthodontic Instructions from Feldman Orthodontics.  Watch this video to learn how to properly brush and floss your teeth with braces.  Brushing your teeth with braces is so important! Play our video to learn how!

Elastics – What are they?

When Dr. Feldman uses the word ‘Elastics’ he is referring to tiny rubber bands. These tiny rubber bands apply pressures to the teeth in certain directions that braces alone can not. These elastics are connected to tiny hooks on your braces or aligners. The elastics can be taken in and out, and Dr. Feldman will instruct you on how often to wear them, and what configuration they should be worn in. Elastics should only be worn as prescribed by an orthodontist.

What if your elastics break?

If your elastics break, simply replace them with a new one. If you run out of elastics, call our office and we will gladly ship you a new pack. Although it is not common for elastics to break, sometimes opening too wide or too much stretch of the elastic will cause it to tear. If your elastics repeatedly break, contact our office and we will fit you to a more appropriate elastic size.

How to keep your braces clean

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, between braces and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.

What Can You Eat With Braces and Aligners?

Foods to Avoid

As a general rule, patients with braces should avoid anything sticky, crunch, or hard.  Some of these foods include popcorn, peanuts, gum, caramel, and hard chips. These foods can cause brackets to break, which can lengthen orthodontic treatment time and cause emergency visits.

Important Information & How to Care for Your Orthodontic Retainers

What are Retainers?

Retainers are worn after braces or clear aligner treatment to maintain the corrected position of the teeth.  There are a number of different types of retainers that are available to you, ask Dr. Feldman which one will best suit your needs.  Dr. Feldman will instruct you on how long you should wear your retainers for.

How do I take care of my retainers?

We offer a specific solution for cleaning retainers at our office. Simply soak your retainers in this solution, and they should look good as new. We also recommend brushing your retainers after you take them out. Do not allow your retainers to sit in hot water or put in the dishwasher as this will deform your retainers. Always keep your retainers in a case when not in your mouth. Never keep them in a napkin! (This is the most common reason retainers are accidentally thrown away)