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Braces & Invisalign in Mississauga, ON

claritygroup.jpgYou deserve a smile you feel great about – and at Orthodontically Yours, we've made it our mission to help you achieve one! As your trusted Thornhill and Mississauga orthodontist, we're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments in a clean, friendly, and welcoming office environment. Whether you're looking for metal braces, Invisalign, or any other treatment we offer, we'll work with you to help you achieve the smile of your dreams – but the care you take at home is just as important as the care we provide in our office.

How to Achieve the Best Results from Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is your chance to achieve the smile of your dreams and make it last the rest of your life – and to make sure you get the most out of your treatment, we recommend all of the following steps:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal or snack, a minimum of four times per day.
  • Avoid any foods or candy that's loaded with sugar. Unless you can brush your teeth immediately after eating, sugar poses a serious risk for dental decay.
  • Never pull on or remove a fixed orthodontic appliance (such as braces).
  • Avoid playing rough or engaging in behavior that could pose a risk to your braces.
  • Make sure to keep your orthodontic appointments to ensure your treatment goes as planned.
  • During treatment, keep seeing your regular dentist every six months.
  • If you ever have a broken or loose bracket or any other damage to your orthodontics, call us immediately to schedule a repair appointment.

What to Eat with Braces

While you're wearing braces, you'll need to make some changes to your diet. Hard, sticky, crunchy, gooey, and sugary foods all pose a threat to your treatment, as they can damage your braces or cause dental decay. You'll need to use common sense to decide what is and isn't dangerous for braces, but here are a few examples of foods in each category to help you understand what foods to avoid with braces:

Hard Foods to Avoid with Braces

Hard foods can damage your wires or break brackets off of your teeth. Here are a few examples of foods that may break braces:

  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Corn on the cob (ok if you cut it off the cob)
  • Raw carrots or apples (ok if cut into small pieces)
  • Hard taco shells
  • Chips
  • Nuts
  • Bagels
  • Pizza Crust

Sticky Foods to Avoid with Braces

Sticky foods can jam themselves into brackets and wires, potentially loosening or damaging them. Here are a few examples:

  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Licorice
  • Caramel
  • Gum
  • Starburst
  • Toffee

Sugary Foods to Minimize with Braces

Sugary foods aren't quite as dangerous because they don't pose an inherent risk of damaging your braces, but they're still something you should minimize during treatment. That's because sugar increases the risk of cavities – and during treatment with braces, your teeth are already at a high risk for decay. Here are a few examples of sugary foods you should minimize with braces:

  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Sweet Tea
  • Kool-Aid
  • Gatorade
  • Soda

What Happens if Your Braces Break

We've worked hard over the years to refine our techniques in bonding brackets to teeth, and we use only best-in-class materials for all our treatments. This means that after we place your braces, they'll have a strong, secure bond with your teeth – but you'll still need to exercise caution and cooperation to take care of them and prevent them breaking off. We reward all our patients who make it through treatment without breaking their braces as a small incentive to take good care of them, but we also understand that accidents happen. If your braces do break, just make sure to contact us immediately so we can schedule a repair appointment and get your treatment back on track.

Contact Your Thornhill, ON Orthodontist

We hope these tips help you take great care of your braces and teeth during treatment and achieve your new smile without a hitch – but if you have more questions or you think there might be a problem with your braces, we're always here to speak with you. Reach out to us at our contact page if you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment with us. We can't wait to hear from you!