Life with Braces

What can you eat?

Well, let’s talk about what you should not eat! To prevent breakage, you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
Sticky foods: caramels, bubble gum
Hard foods: nuts, candy
Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, oranges, carrots
Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils, or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for a few days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take ibuprofen or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this discomfort. We’ll show you how.

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new “corrected” positions.

Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire 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 appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears rubber bands, headgear, or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.

It is more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you are wearing braces so that the teeth and gums may remain healthy during and after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning.

If you play sports, it is important that you consult with us regarding special precautions. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing contact sports. In the event of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone us at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

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Our Family has chosen Petrunic Orthodontics because of the overall care that is given to our children. Dr. Chris takes time to learn about each individual and their personality and lifestyle then tailors his plan of care to that child. He only recommended devices or procedures as they became necessary. Dr. Petrunic is also involved in the community supporting the various activities of his patients

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"Dr. Petrunic and his staff are extremely caring and professional. During every appointment and follow up visit , I always felt he was truly concerned about my satisfaction and always provided a comfortable and caring environment. Now that my daughter is a patient, I look forward to seeing him and his staff every month! I would highly recommend Dr. Petrunic for your orthodontic needs."

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Orthodontics FAQ

At Petrunic Orthodontics we are here to walk you through the entire process. From our free consultation to your desired end results, we make sure the process is as easy and seamless as possible.  We have created some FAQ to help you get started, but we would  also love to sit down with you in person and answer any and all of your questions.    

Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

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