Life With Braces

In Treatment


Oral Hygiene

When you have braces, it’s very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment. The day your appliances were placed, your hygienist provided you with an oral hygiene kit and demonstrated how to care for your braces. Dr. Kuppers and your orthodontic hygienist will monitor your oral health throughout your treatment while following our “Healthy Mouth” protocol. You will be encouraged to continue seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and dental checkups. Avoid:


  • Chewy and sticky foods ( bagels, caramels, chewing gum and candy)
  • Crunchy and hard foods ( popcorn, nuts, uncut fruits and vegetables)
  • Foods high in sugar (desserts, soda pop and sugary cereals)


Remember, we are here to help and encourage you with our “Healthy Mouth” protocol, so you can “Live Your Life Smiling®”


Discomfort with Braces

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and will
fade in a few days to a week. Drinking cold liquids may temporarily relieve some discomfort for you. If the pain is more severe you can also try taking a pain reliever.


It is also very common for your lips, cheeks and tongue to be irritated for the first week, as you become use to the braces.


Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry! This too is normal. Your braces must first loosen your teeth in order to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.


Loose Wires and Brackets

A wire and/or bracket on your braces may come loose during treatment. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliances. If any pieces of your appliances come off, be sure to save it and bring it to your next office visit.


Your Appliances

Take care of all your appliances, damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process. Your teeth and jaws can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer or any other appliances prescribed by
Dr. Kuppers.