Survival Kits for Adults

Utensils and Their Uses   |   Foods to Avoid   |   Emergency Information   |   Tips!


Utensils and Their Uses

  • Wax: Place a small amount of wax over any part of your braces that is poking, rubbing or irritating your cheeks or lips. We can take a look at this at your next appointment.
  • Analgesic Cream: If your braces cause you pain, dab this cream anywhere in your mouth to relieve the irritation.
  • Bite Wafer: To relieve pain and pressure, bite on this foam wafer.
  • Mouth Mirror: Use this mirror to make sure you did a thorough job after brushing your teeth.
  • Travel Toothbrush: This is a small, discrete toothbrush that you can take everywhere, including work. Use it to brush your teeth after eating a meal or a snack.
  • Disclosing Tablets: After you brush, crush a tablet into a cup and add water. Rinse the solution in your mouth. If you have any leftover plaque on your teeth, it will turn red. Brush your teeth again, making sure to focus on those red areas.
  • Floss Threaders and Floss: One of our dental assistant will show you how to use the threader. This utensil will help you floss your teeth while you have your braces.
  • Brushing Pamphlet: Because brushing your teeth with braces can be more difficult, follow these instructions.

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Foods to Avoid

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (regular and sugar-free)
  • Toffee
  • Caramels
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Starburst
  • Gummy Bears
  • Milky Ways and Snickers

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candy, such as Jolly Ranchers and Peppermint sticks
  • Pizza crust
  • Ribs

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

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Emergency Information

When you have an emergency, we want to relieve you from the pain, fix the problem as soon as possible so you do not lose any treatment time, but we also try to make sure you don’t come to the office unnecessarily. If you have an emergency:

  • Loose Wire: Try placing the wire back into the bracket with tweezers. If you can’t, clip the wire with sterilized fingernail clippers behind the last bracket to which it is secure.
  • Poking Wire: Try to push the poking wire with a pencil’s eraser end or with a spoon. If this doesn’t work, cover the sticking-out wire with wax.
  • Loose Band or Bracket: Be gentle when you brush, but keep the area clean. Save any part that comes completely off and bring it to your appointment.
  • Soreness: You may rinse your mouth with a warm salt water rinse or apply the analgesic cream. Also try biting on the bite wafer.
  • Headgear Not Fitting: If you do not wear the headgear as instructed, it will not fit properly, and you’ll have to have it adjusted. This will also prolong your treatment time, so be sure to wear your headgear as instructed.
  • Accidents Involving Your Teeth: Please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Pautienis wants his patients to know that the result of their orthodontic treatment depends on their cooperation. He and his staff will guide you through each phase of your treatment, but ultimately you are in charge of being a good patient!

Be sure to keep all your scheduled appointments. Follow all instructions, and keep your braces and appliances clean. The more you cooperate, the better your results will be!

Remember: You and Dr. Pautienis are building a lifelong smile together!

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