Anne J. Yoon DDS MS Orthodontist

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Getting used to your braces

After braces are placed in the mouth it is normal for the teeth to be sore for about 2 or 3 days. Tylenol or Advil will help relieve this discomfort. Some irritation to the cheeks and tongue is normal, but if you feel anything sharp is poking you or any sores are developing, please call our office at .

  • Do warm salt water rinses (1 tsp salt/ 1 glass water) 3x per day for the first 5-6 days after you get your braces on.  This will toughen up the inside of the lips and cheeks and decrease irritation.

  • For the first 24 hours, stay on a soft diet of vegetable soups, low-sugar yogurts and smoothies, steamed vegetables, avocado, hummus etc.  Do not bite on any solid or hard foods for the first day.

Oral Hygiene Guidelines

  • Brush after each meal.  Use a soft bristle toothbrush.  Brush in small circular motions.  First dry brush w/o toothpaste to visualize all plaque being removed, then brush with toothpaste.  Floss at least once a day, preferably before going to bed.

  • Brush around each bracket and along the gum line to prevent decalcification of teeth which causes permanent white spots/lines on teeth.

  • To maintain ideal dental health:  Brush after each meal. Floss with the floss threader each night.  And use an interproximal tooth brush to get into the hard to reach areas.

  • You may consider purchasing a Waterpik (which shoots water between your teeth, brackets & wires-  this doesn’t replace flossing but it does help maintain better oral hygiene) 

  • Remember to continue seeing your general dentist for regular cleanings! (generally every 6 months for most patients, and every 3-4 months for patients that have a higher tendency for plaque/calculus, gingivitis or are being treated for periodontitis or pocket maintenance.)

  • Poor dietary habits & brushing can lead to white spot lesions (decalcifications) & cavities.


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