Miller Orthodontic Specialists in Keene, Rindge, NH and Brattleboro, VT

Smiles by Dr. Miller

Caring for Braces

Brushing and Flossing

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy during orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment. Watch the two videos below on the proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.

Eating with Braces

What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for 3 – 5 days. Take Tylenol or whatever you normally take for headache or discomfort. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the braces. We will supply wax to put on the braces in irritated areas to lessen discomfort.

Loosening of Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can move. The teeth will firm up in their new — corrected — positions after treatment is completed.

Loose Wire or Band

Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire sticks out and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire back under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the problem.

Rubber Band Wear

To successfully complete orthodontic treatment, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands or other appliances as prescribed. Lack of cooperation following instructions and damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time… so please … follow instructions.

Athletics

If you play sports, it’s important you let us know. A protective mouthguard is provided for playing contact sports.

Nicole Goncalves
Nicole Goncalves
21:15 16 May 22
My experience with Miller Orthodontic Specialists was nothing short of amazing. The office is very... clean and welcoming.The staff are all extremely kind and knowledgeable about what they are doing. They always asked me how I was doing, made me smile and laugh when I was there. They let me know what they were going to do before they did it which was comforting to know.I came to them with my concerns about my teeth and what I wanted. The treatment plan I had was to have braces for 24 months and they explained it all thoroughly to me every step of the way. Any questions I had were answered and my concerns were addressed in a professional manner.The payment plan worked perfectly for me. I am very satisfied with the outcome of my treatment and highly recommend going to see them for a consult if you want a beautiful smile! 😁 Thank you to everyone at Miller Orthodontic Specialists for being so kind to me and helping me get the smile I've always wanted!! 💙 Especially Ashley for being super kind to me and going out of your way to connect and converse with me, making me feel welcomed and comfortable.read more
LoveMyZJ
LoveMyZJ
16:47 29 Mar 22
I had multiple orthodontic problems for years; cross bite, over bite, crowding, overlapping, you... name it. Over the course of two years, four months and three days, Dr. Miller and his team took outstanding care of me, explaining every step of the process, accommodating my busy schedule, and providing flexible financing. Now my teeth look and feel better than ever! At 33 years old, I'm one of the many examples of proof that it's never too late to have the smile you deserve.read more
Heather Shepa
Heather Shepa
21:41 17 Mar 22
My daughter started her journey with Dr. Miller in May of 2019. She had to do some adjustments... before we could start the actual process. Rosemary was very understanding and explained the whole process to her and I, and the whys for every step. She kept scheduling appointments to make sure that my daughter was doing what she needed to, before the process started. Finally, January of 2020, we got the braces put on. At the height of Covid and the shutdowns, and the restrictions of what we needed to do to complete this process, Dr. Miller's team worked with us every step of the way. They worked with us with scheduling appointments and rescheduling appointments and what we needed to do when she got there. They were amazing with communicating with me on what the next process was. Today, she got her braces removed. Her teeth and smile look absolutely amazing and I am blown away at the work they put in to make this happen. It wasn't always easy for my daughter when she had her wires changed, and adjusting to what foods she could or couldn't eat, but we did it. Not just her and I, but the amazing team of professionals at Miller Orthodontics. I will be forever grateful for what they were able to accomplish for my daughter. I recommend them to anyone who asks.read more
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