morpho ORTHODONTICS

Dr. Kresimir Lackovic
DMD, MSc, Cert Ortho, FRCD(C)
Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics

  • 330 Bronte Street South, Unit 118
    Milton, Ontario, Canada
    L9T 7X1
  • (905) 878-8988
  • 925 Rathburn Road E, Suite D1
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
    L4W 4C3
  • (905) 276-3999
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Life with Braces

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It's important for you to know how to take care of your braces properly throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. If you don't brush and floss as directed by Dr. Lackovic and staff the following may happen:


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Eating with braces

Don't worry: you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

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

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Foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

Soreness caused by braces and appliances

When you first get your braces, you may notice your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! This is expected as teeth begin to move and should go away after 24-48 hours but varies from person to person. Avoid eating hard foods as they will cause more discomfort to your teeth. If this discomfort is unbearable, take pain relievers you normally use for a headache  (Advil® or Tylenol® ) as necessary.

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Sometimes cuts and sores may develop on your lips and cheeks from the braces or wire. To relieve the pain and to speed up healing, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes, but do not swallow the salt water. Repeat until the cut/sore heals. You can also apply a topical anesthetic used for baby teething pain available over the counter at your Pharmacy (Anbesol).

It is not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.

Loose teeth

If your teeth begin to feel 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.

Loose wires, brackets and bands

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The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

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You can fix the loose wire temporarily by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire carefully and gently back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

Brushing and Flossing with braces

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Take care of your appliances

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances consistently as prescribed by your doctor.

Playing sports with braces

Game, Set, Match — we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to check your mouth and appliance immediately for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.

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