Life with Braces

When it comes to your successful orthodontic treatment, Dr. Cherre has a motto: Success = Effort. While you have braces, you’ll need to do a few things differently, like avoid certain foods and modify the way you brush and floss your teeth. Don’t worry, though—all your hard work will result in a beautiful smile that will last for a lifetime.

The Cherre Orthodontics team is here for you during every step of your treatment. We LISTEN to you and really get to know you. You will receive personalized care and education so your experience is a pleasant one. Our staff has longevity and with that comes knowledge, experience, and long-lasting relationships.

Eating with Braces

When you get your braces, we’ll provide you with a list of foods to avoid. The basic rule is to avoid foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy.

Even healthy food items like carrots and apples are difficult to bite into with braces on the teeth, so we suggest they be sliced thin or cooked to avoid brackets being broken off the teeth.

Brushing and Flossing with Braces

At your braces appointment, we’ll show you a video on proper tooth brushing and flossing while wearing braces. We also give instructions and demonstrations in the office, so when you leave our office, you’ll feel confident that you can care for your teeth while wearing braces.

If you are wearing Invisalign® aligners, we will let you know how often to change them and how to keep them clean. And of course, we always warn against putting your retainers anywhere but in your mouth or the retainer case. Napkins = lost retainers!

Dealing with Discomfort

At times, your mouth or gums may feel a little sore. This is normal and should not last long. Usually ibuprofen or acetaminophen can take care of most discomfort. If anything is poking to the point of discomfort, please call our Ellisville office immediately so we can take care of the source of your discomfort.

Also, if any part of your braces is broken, call our office immediately so we can take care of the broken bracket or wire and make certain there is no discomfort. We have an emergency number to contact Dr. Cherre if an emergency occurs after office hours.

For the best results, follow the instructions given at the start of treatment and call us if there are any questions at all. You can also refer to your Starter Packet with supplies and written instructions. And as always, the success of your treatment depends on your cooperation. Always follow Dr. Cherre and our staff’s recommendations.

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