Wearing metal braces requires some lifestyle changes. Just remember that orthodontic treatment is  temporary, but the results will last a lifetime! When you properly care for your braces, you’ll have a better experience while you are in treatment.  Follow these three tips for loving your braces this Valentine’s Day.

Remember What Foods to Avoid

Holidays like Valentine’s Day often mean treats. It’s a good time to remember what foods and  candy to avoid:

  • Caramel
  • Nuts
  • Taffy
  • Gummy candy
  • Any other foods that are sticky or hard

You can enjoy softer desserts, such as:

  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Ice cream
  • Plain chocolate

Any time you eat something sweet, be sure to brush and floss your teeth afterward.

Keep Your Orthodontic Appointments

Life can get hectic, but it’s important to keep regularly scheduled appointments.

How long braces are needed varies from person to person. We understand that no one wants to wear them longer than they have to. When you keep your regular appointments, we can make adjustments in a timely manner.

Understand How to Handle Orthodontic Emergencies

Loose brackets and poky wires can be a pain—literally! Windermere Orthodontics’ website contains a comprehensive section on orthodontic emergency care. Many times, you can fix minor problems at home.

It’s helpful to keep an orthodontic “first aid kit” handy in case problems arise.

  • Dental wax
  • Tweezers
  • Small needle nose pliers
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Small envelopes

If any part of your braces comes off, save it in an envelope and please remember to  bring it to your next appointment.

If you have an emergency you can’t fix at home, please contact us. Messages are checked regularly at both our Suwanee and Cumming offices. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

-Dr. Gorlovsky