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Location

Chicago locationsChicagoland4Braces
222 North Plum Grove Road
Palatine, IL 60067

P: (847) 358-9000

F: (847) 358-9015
www.Chicagoland4Braces.com

Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:20 am to 5:00 pm
Fridays: 7:20 am to 12 pm
Saturdays: 8:00 am to 12 pm

Braces 101

Learn About Braces

Click on the below links to see interactive demonstrations of types of braces, proper oral hygiene, a braces diagram and common orthodontic problems. These links will open a new tab within your web browser.

  1. Types of Braces
  2. Oral Hygiene
  3. Braces Diagram
  4. Common Orthodontic Problems

Life with Braces

Your braces will be attached quickly and easily to your teeth, but a full day is necessary for the bands to completely affix. It is a good idea to wait several hours after getting braces before eating solid food. You may find it easier to eat soft foods for the first couple of days while you are becoming accustomed to eating with your new braces.

Comfort Concerns

The braces may feel a little awkward at first and the teeth may be tender or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away soon. It may feel as though the braces are "sticking out," but this sensation will also soon pass. Small pieces of orthodontic wax may be used if the brackets irritate cheek tissues. The Chicagoland4Braces offices always have extra wax in case you run out so call them if you need more.

Many patients will experience some discomfort at first, but the soreness will go away within the first few days or even hours of getting braces. It is impossible to predict exactly when the tenderness will end. Some patients choose to take over-the-counter pain relievers the first day of orthodontic treatment to lessen the discomfort. To ensure the best result take the medications before your appointment.

Eating Right

Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive, but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.

Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.

The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat:

Chewing Gum

gum

Beef Jerky

beef jerky

Hard Sticky Candy

hard or sticky candy

Nuts

nuts

Corn Chips

corn chips

Taco Shells

crisp taco shells

Whole Apple

whole apple

celery

celery

caramel

caramel

taffy

taffy

popcorn

popcorn

soft drink

soft drinks

candy bar

candy bars

Eating restricted foods may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately extend the length of orthodontic treatment. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific questions about food choices should be directed to your orthodontist and staff.

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