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In Case of An Emergency

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Please be aware that any of the following are expected during your time of treatment and we have listed some advice on how to become more comfortable during non-office hours.

Please be advised that emergency appointments are primarily scheduled for the following morning due to appointment length and availability.

If something is poking
You can use wax or sugar-free gum to place on the spot that is poking for immediate relief.
If the back of the wire is poking into your cheek, you can cut it with sterile nail clippers.

After cutting the wire or placing wax/sugar-free gum on the poking area, call during work hours (8am-6pm) and we would be glad to schedule an emergency visit for the following morning.

If you have a sore in your mouth
You can use wax or sugar-free gum on the area that irritates your cheek or lip.
Rinse with warm sea salt water (1 tsp sea salt per 6 oz of water) in the morning and at night to heal the sore area.

If the sore does not resolve in 7 days, please call during office hours (8am-6pm) and we would be glad to schedule an emergency visit for the following morning.

If something is loose
If you can remove the bracket, feel free to do so; if not, you can place wax or sugar-free gum on the area.

Please give our office a call during office hours (8am-6pm) and we will try to get you an emergency appointment for the following morning.

If the chain broke
This is not an emergency. You can call during office hours (8am-6pm) and we will get you in as soon as we have availability.

A broken chain should not cause any form of pain but you can use wax or sugar-free gum in any sore areas.

If the bracket is moving on the wire
If you can remove the bracket, feel free to do so; if not, you can place wax or sugar free gum on the area.

Please give our office a call during office hours (8am-6pm) and we will try to get you an emergency appointment for the following morning.

In case something fell off

This is not an emergency. You can call the office during office hours (8am-6pm) and we will get you an emergency appointment for the following morning.
This should not cause any form of pain but you can use wax or sugar-free gum in any sore areas.

In case of an accident
Call our after hours line and the doctor on call will be able to direct you to the right medical attention.

Do’s and Don’ts with Braces

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Foods:

Acceptable:
Soft (ex: pudding, mashed potatoes, yogurt, ice cream)
Do not bite into anything, but you can cut it up (ex: fruits, vegetables, pizza, bagel, sandwiches)
Chocolate (ex: a plain candy bar, cake, cookies)
Corn not on the cob
Meat stripped off the bone

Unacceptable:
Gum
Chewy/sticky (ex: caramel, laffy taffy, starbursts, sour patch kids/worms, tootsie rolls, gummy bears, air heads, twizzlers, steak)
Hard (ex: potato/corn chips, pretzels, lolly pops, nuts, jolly ranchers, ice)

Daily Living:

Do’s:
Play sports (we suggest using a mouth guard – we are happy to provide one if needed)
Study/work
Play musical instruments
Go through airport security

Don’ts:
Bite on pens
Bite your nails
Try to open bottles or any other items with your teeth
Chew on meat bones

How To Take Care of Your Braces

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Mouth Wash:
Prior to flossing or brushing, we recommend that you use mouth wash to kill the bacteria in your mouth. After killing the bacteria, you will want to floss then brush to remove the dead bacteria from your mouth.

Flossing:
It is highly recommended that patients with braces floss their teeth prior to brushing. We suggest flossing at least once a day.

When flossing with SuperFloss or the floss threader, place the floss under the wire, make sure the floss goes underneath the gum line and is flossed on both the right and left side of the tooth. Then pull the floss down and out from under the wire. Make sure to floss all teeth, even the molars in the back.

While on the run, if you find that you have food stuck in between your teeth, you can quickly go to the bathroom and use a Proxabrush. This compact instrument will help to relieve any food build-up around the brackets and on the teeth. Place the Proxabrush under the wire and move up and down on each side of the bracket to remove the excess food.

Please expect to spend 10-15 minutes when flossing.

Brushing:
It is highly recommended that patients with braces brush their teeth for 2 minutes in the morning, at night before bed and after each meal.

When brushing your teeth with braces you need to brush above and below the brackets as well as in a circular motion to include the gum. It is recommended to use a dime size amount of tooth paste with a soft tooth brush.

Enter for a Chance To Win an iPod Nano!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

During February we want to reward you for helping us celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month by giving away an 8 GB silver iPod Nano. It’s as easy as logging onto your or your parent’s Facebook account and going to our Bronsky Orthodontics page and “liking” our office.

Don’t worry we did not forget all of you that are fan’s of our page, you are already entered for a chance to win.

The winner will be contacted via e-mail or phone on April 1, 2011.

For any additional questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail Elisa@bronskyorthodontics.com.

  

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