Tips from Your Toronto Orthodontists
Drs. Willy Dayan and Pablo Kimos are committed to offering their patients state-of-the-art orthodontic care at their Toronto orthodontic practice. We believe that patient education is one of the most important aspects of your orthodontic treatment. This is why City Orthodontics has decided to provide our patients with oral hygiene tips to ensure they are taking care of their teeth both in and out of the office. Learn more about how to brush and floss properly with braces, take care of your retainer, and what foods to avoid throughout your treatment below.
During the retention phase, it is important to brush your retainer every time you brush your teeth as they can accumulate food particles and plaque. Once a day, you should soak your appliance in a glass of room-temperature tap water with a denture-cleaning tablet, such as Polident® or Efferdent®. This will help prevent plaque build-up and oral infections and will keep your appliance tasting better. Do not use hot water as it can distort the appliance.
Your teeth may be a little sore for the first week in braces, so we recommend sticking to a soft food diet until the discomfort subsides. While in braces, you can still eat just about anything although there are a few exceptions. You should avoid hard foods, such as ice and pizza crust, as well as sticky foods, including licorice and caramels. These foods can damage wires and brackets. It is also important to minimize foods high in sugar content, like ice cream and cookies, and reduce sugary drinks to once a day. Please see our dedicated “Foods to Avoid” section for more information.