Davis Orthodontics - Incognito, Invisalign, Braces

Life with Braces in Greer & Simpsonville, SC

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.

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EATING WITH BRACES

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

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 FROM BRACES & APPLIANCES

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, 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 (do not swallow the saltwater).

If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also 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 that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please contact our Greer, or Simpsonville orthodontic office.

 
 

FAQs

Patients have tons of questions regarding braces. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Buddy to discuss your teeth alignment options in more depth.

What if I have a loose tooth?

If your teeth begin feeling 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.

What if I have loose wires or bands?

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that 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.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire 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.

How do I take care of my 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 consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Can I play 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 immediately check your mouth and appliance 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 saltwater.

 
 

BRUSHING INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Brushing Braces, Step 1

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

STEP 2

Brushing Braces, Step 2

Brush gently in a circular motion.

STEP 3

Brushing Braces, Step 3

Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

STEP 4

Brushing Braces, Step 4

Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

 
 

FLOSSING INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Flossing Braces, Step 1

Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.

STEP 2

Flossing Braces, Step 2

Carefully floss around the braces.

STEP 3

Flossing Braces, Step 3

Carefully floss around the gum areas.

STEP 4

Flossing Braces, Step 4

Carefully floss around each tooth.

 
LEARN MORE

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CONTACT US

The first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment with our Greer, and Simpsonville SC orthodontist, please complete and submit the request form below. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you soon to confirm your appointment.

Please note this form is for requesting an appointment. If you need to cancel or reschedule an existing appointment, or if you require immediate attention, please contact our practice directly.

GREER

     150 Sage Creek Way Greer, SC 29650
(864) 801-3500

SIMPSONVILLE

     630 NE Main St Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 967-0053

Our orthodontist serves patients in the Greer, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, Mauldin, Blue Ridge, Spartanburg, Greenville, Victor Mills, Taylors, SC communities.