Eating and Emergency Information
for Current Patients
We are very glad you have chosen Dr. Fronczak's office for your orthodontic needs.
Tips for timely treatment
Tips for good brushing
Removable appliance wear and care
Helpful Eating Tips:
Soft foods are better to eat than hard, sticky foods.
Problems with eating hard, sticky foods:
- Hard sticky foods pull and tug on your brackets and appliances, loosening and breaking their contact with your teeth.
- Broken brackets and loose appliances can reduce the effectiveness of your recent orthodontic adjustment.
- Persistent breakage can cause your treatment time to take longer.
Avoid sugary foods and drinks.
Problems with sugary foods and drinks:
- Sugar is harmful to your teeth when wearing braces because the sugar can become trapped in your braces, causing cavities.
- If you have a sugary snack or drink, please brush your teeth soon after.
Pizza with soft crust
Tacos with soft shells
Chicken cut into small pieces
Baked or Mashed Potatoes
Hard or Sticky Foods:
Whole Apples or Carrots
Tacos with hard shell
Pizza with hard crust
Hard crusted bread
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If you are having a problem with your braces, try the following to stop your discomfort:
- Place wax on the problem area.
- If you have a poking wire, try to push the wire down with a spoon or with the eraser end of a pencil.
- If you have a loose wire, try to lay the wire back in place with tweezers or your fingers. If this is not possible, clip the wire with a fingernail clipper or small wire cutter behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened.
- If you have a loose band or bracket and it is still attached to the wire, leave it in place. If necessary, you can cut the metal or rubber tie with a pair of fingernail clippers, remove with tweezers, and slip off the bracket. Please bring the bracket to your next appointment.
- If you have a poking appliance or retainer, discontinue use and/or place wax on the area of discomfort.
- If in doubt, please call Dr. Fronczak at 303-447-0393.
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Tips for fast, on-time treatment:
- Keep your braces and appliance in tip-top condition, which means:
- Avoid eating hard, sticky foods.
- Keep foreign objects, like pencils, fingernails, and other objects out of your mouth.
- Brush your teeth after you eat and look to see that you have brushed away all food particles.
- Wear your appliances and rubber bands as prescribed by Dr. Fronczak.
- Proper wear of your appliance is extremely important as it is the key to completing your treatment on-time.
- Often the more you wear your appliances and rubber bands, the faster your treatment progresses.
|Tips for good brushing:
- Use a soft–bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Gently brush in tiny circles:
- the outside surface of your teeth, massaging your gums with the bristles to remove food particles and bacteria.
- the inside surface of your teeth and gums.
- the chewing surface of your teeth.
- your tongue.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly.
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Removable appliance and bite plate care:
- It is important to wear your appliances as prescribed by Dr. Fronczak.
- Retainers must be worn day and night for one full year after your braces are removed. After one year, Dr. Fronczak may advise just wearing your retainer at night.
- Do not wear your removable appliance while eating or brushing your teeth, unless prescribed by Dr. Fronczak.
- Do not let anyone else wear your appliance. It fits your mouth only.
- When your appliance is not in your mouth, keep it in your case.
- Always keep your appliance clean.
- You can use your toothbrush with toothpaste to scrub off plaque and debris on your appliance or soak it in a denture cleaner.
- Never leave your appliance in a warm area, such as a car dash or by a hot stove.
- Do not microwave or boil your appliance.
- Be aware—animals love to try and wear your appliance!
- If you have a dog or cat, keep your appliance out of your pet's reach.
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