Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods, and food high in sugar should 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 be avoided.
Orthodontic care kits are given to each patient at the time they start treatment.
Proper oral hygiene is demonstrated when each patient starts treatment and hygiene instructions are given as needed by our oral hygiene coordinators to support great oral hygiene and education throughout treatment.
We utilize several treatment options to minimize decalcification (white spots) and support excellent oral hygiene.
Waterpiks are available for purchase and strongly encouraged for use by our patients.
At each visit, we rate our patients oral hygiene on a scale from 1-5. If a patient receives a 2 or less rating at two consecutive appointments, a letter is sent informing their parent or guardian. Continued poor oral hygiene is cause for the wires (and potentially the brackets) to be removed either temporarily or permanently.
We promote positive reinforcement of good oral hygiene through our Smile Rewards program - awarding points for dental cleaning, no cavities and other excellent oral care improvements.
Wire Poking - Don't wait until your next appointment. Call the office if the problem continues. We are always happy to answer your questions!
We have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard in order to protect your teeth and your appliance. We will provide a special orthodontic mouthguard for a nominal fee. In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and your appliance for any damage that may have occurred. If you notice any loose teeth, or if your appliance has been damaged, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort with wax or by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.
Comfort covers for band members may be purchased for a nominal fee and can help ease the discomfort of playing an instrument during treatment.
We hope you enjoy this new experience with us. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Aberdeen Office | 631 S. Roosevelt St., Aberdeen, SD 57401 | Phone: 605-226-3120
Watertown Office | 600 4th St. N.E., Suite 103, Watertown, SD 57201 | Phone: 605-882-1500
Milbank Office | 102 W. 4th Ave., Suite 2, Milbank, SD 57252 | Phone: 605-432-5011
Brookings Office | 604 Medary Ave. S., Brookings, SD 57006 | Phone: 605-692-7063
VanLaecken Orthodontics is an orthodontist based in Eastern South Dakota. We provide the highest quality of orthodontic and temporal mandibular joint treatments including Invisalign. We are the most experienced Invisalign provider in South Dakota.