Orthodontic Services in Dunn, NC
Straightening smiles is what we do; seeing you smile is what we love.
Providing Orthodontics for Kids and Adults
How Do You Take Care Of Your Braces?
- What foods can I eat with braces?
When you eat with braces, it’s IMPORTANT to avoid certain foods to prevent damage to your braces.
Foods to avoid with braces:
- Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — caramel candy, chewing gum
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candy
- Foods that you bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots, celery
Foods you CAN eat with braces:
- Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Bread — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, deli meats
- Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, beans
- Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jello, soft cake
- Is it normal to experience soreness?When you first get your braces, your teeth and mouth may feel a little tender and sore. This is expected and normal. We promise this is only temporary!
To relieve the soreness, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish this solution in your mouth around your braces and next to your cheeks and tongue for a couple of minutes and spit into the sink.
You can also take a pain reliever (whatever you would take for a headache). It’s also common for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated. In a couple of weeks, they’ll be used to the braces, and the irritation should subside. You can relieve the tenderness with some wax provided by Dr. Barnes, which you can put over the braces.
- My teeth feel loose. Is that normal?Yes! Don’t panic; this is entirely normal. To move your teeth, your braces must first loosen them to start the aligning process. Once your teeth are repositioned, they’ll be more in place and more firm.
- What should I do if my wires and brackets are loose?There could be times your wires and brackets come loose. If that does happen, call us right away at 910-892-1054 . Dr. Barnes can evaluate and repair your braces to keep your treatment plan on track. If any appliance comes off, bring those to Skyblue Orthodontics as well.
There is a temporary fix you can do while you wait for Dr. Barnes. You can fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to gently push the wire back into place. If the wire is irritating your lips or cheeks, put wax over the broken wire to relieve the pain.
- How can I take care of my appliances?It’s crucial to take care of your appliances, or it could increase the length of your treatment time. Your teeth and bite can only move appropriately if you always wear rubber bands, aligners, or any other appliance prescribed by Dr. Barnes.
- Can my kid still play sports with braces?Absolutely! If your child plays sports, we recommended he or she wear a mouthguard to protect the teeth and braces. Talk to Dr. Barnes and she’d be more than happy to help you find the right mouthguard to protect your child’s smile.
In cases of a sports emergency, immediately check your child’s mouth and appliance for damage. Contact our office right away if you notice any damage or loose teeth. For temporary relief, you can apply wax or rinse your child’s mouth with warm salt water to relieve any discomfort.
- Do I need to wear my retainer?
Yes! For teeth to settle into their biologically stable position after the braces have been removed, bone and soft tissue must be broken down and rebuilt. The process of rebuilding bone and securing teeth in their new position will take between 9-12 months. The initial year following orthodontic treatment is crucial because just as easily as teeth align, THEY WILL RELAPSE. Your faithful use of the retainer is the only way to ensure that you maintain your result.
Please follow the following instructions carefully:
- Your retainers must be worn at least 12 hours a day (or night) for the first year.
- Do not wear your retainer while eating, tooth brushing, or participating in sports.
- If your retainer is lost or broken, contact our office immediately to have it repaired or replaced. If a repair or replacement is necessary, there will be a charge.
- Your retainer needs to be kept clean! This is done best by brushing it with a toothbrush and cold water when you brush your teeth.
- Never use hot water, alcohol, or any type of household cleaner on your retainers. Doing so may distort and damage them.
- It is important that we check your retainers periodically so please keep all your appointments and remember to bring your retainer to every appointment. If you do not return for retention check appointments regularly, we will not be responsible for any movement of your teeth.
- If you feel that something is not quite right with the fit of your retainer, contact our office immediately.
- Retainers do as their name implies- they retain teeth. If worn properly, you will be able to retain your result for a lifetime. If you do not wear the retainer, your teeth can shift back to its original position.
- After the first year, you should wear your retainers 8 hours every night for as long as you want your teeth straight. As we like to say, “Nighttime for a lifetime!”
My son had his braces put on this week. He loved Alisha and Dr. Barnes. I am so happy with the care and attention he received. Mrs. Debbie called to check on him that afternoon. Marlene emailed me too. The setting was a calm and easy going feeling. All the staff is awesome.
Kristi H., Actual Parent