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Life With Braces FAQ

life with braces faqNormal Symptoms of Braces

Tenderness of the teeth for the first 4-5 days.
Use Tylenol/Advil/Motrin and chew sugarless chewing gum. Chew softer foods initially.

Tenderness of the insides of the lips and cheeks for 4-5 days.
Use Tylenol/Advil/Motrin or use “Miracle Rinse” and apply wax to dried-off braces/wire ends.

Some mobility of the teeth.

Some teeth moving faster than others.
This may give the appearance of some teeth becoming crooked. This normal occurrence will be corrected with time.

What to Avoid

Avoid any hard or sticky foods.

We recommend staying away from caramels, taffy, corn chips, nuts, ice, and any other hard or sticky foods. Additionally, you want to make sure all meats are cut off of the bone and fresh fruit or vegetables are cut into small pieces.

The adhesive we use for your braces is very strong. However, the excessive chewing force can cause brackets to come loose, especially when your teeth are initially moving. If you feel a significant amount of resistance while chewing, do not bite harder. Instead, ease off on the biting pressure.

Proper Hygiene

Proper oral hygiene is just as important as it was before you had braces.

Team Orthodontics promotes excellent oral hygiene and we’ve provided you with the tools to help you properly maintain it (toothbrushes, a proxabrush, floss, wax). Your local grocery store will have more of these items if you should run out. If for some reason you cannot find them, reach out to our staff at Team Orthodontics and we can provide it for you. We also recommend that you rinse daily with fluoride to prevent tooth decay and decalcification.

Loose Brackets

At some point, brackets may come loose or wires may poke.
If a bracket comes loose or an archwire is poking out, DO NOT PANIC. Please contact us so that we can do our best to make you feel at ease. We’ll go over how to use wax to temporarily solve your situation (or watch one of our home care videos below).

For discomfort, we recommend taking Tylenol, ibuprofen, or use our “Miracle Rinse”, which is equal parts water, liquid Benadryl, and liquid antacid swished in your mouth 3 times per day. If you have tension in your teeth, chewing sugarless gum can help relieve it.

Archwires

Initial archwires are very flexible and can slip out.

We take every precaution to prevent these wires from slipping out of the back braces, but hard foods can flex the wires and cause them to come out. If these wires do come out and we are not available to help, you can insert the wire back in the tube using tweezers or place a ball of wax on the end of the wire.

As a last resort, you can utilize heavy nail clippers to clip the archwire to sit flush with the brace.

Using Your Wax

How Do You Use Wax on Your Braces?

1. Slightly wet the fingers that you will use to place the wax.

2. Pinch a ball of wax out of the container with the wet fingers.

3. Pull your lip out of the way and “suck in” the extra saliva in your mouth to try and dry out the area where you’ll be placing the wax. You can also dry the area with another finger.

4. Apply the ball of wax to the target area and mold around the tooth/bracket/poking wire to allow it to stick

Note: Apply wax to your braces as often as needed to ensure comfort until you can get to Team Orthodontics.

New Patients

If you’re a new patient, Dr. D will be giving you a call.

Within the first week of your treatment, Dr. Danyluk will reach out to you personally to check on your progress. Feel free to ask the doctor any questions you have about your treatment at this time.

If you have an emergency, please call our emergency line 602-503-8448 between the hours of 8 AM and 7 PM. Please leave a detailed message about your emergency and a team member will return your call to help make you feel more comfortable.

If you’re in need of appointment times or account information, please give us a call at either our Ahwatukee orthodontist office or our Gilbert orthodontist office.

Please remember that a vast majority of orthodontic emergencies will not negatively affect your treatment duration.

Braces Instructional Videos

How do I take care of my hidden braces at home?

How do I take care of my metal braces at home?

How do I take care of my new retainer?

Proper home care for Z Elastics

Proper home care for your expanders

Proper home care for your elastics

As one of the premier orthodontic practices in Ahwatukee & Gilbert, AZ, our orthodontist and team at Team Orthodontics also provide 5-star orthodontic care to patients from Chandler, Phoenix & Queen Creek, AZ & the surrounding areas.

Your Top-Rated Orthodontist in Phoenix, AZ Recommended By Local Dentists

"Dr. Danyluk of Team Orthodontics is FABULOUS and so is his entire team. I’ve been a dental practice consultant for over 25 years and it’s rare to find an office that truly has it all together. They did a great job. Rohan had consistently good experiences and a great end result. Two thumbs up!"

- L. Milligan

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"This ortho place is amazing!! Every time you walk in the team is so welcoming and always on time for appointments. The girl I had today was Melanie and she was super nice and quick, I was out of there in 10 minutes. Love the environment and 10/10 recommend this place for all your ortho needs."

- Kacie M.

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"The staff of Team Orthdontics are awesome, but Melanie is our favorite! She was funny, professional and always had my son's best interest in mind. She kept him laughing and happy to be there! He got his braces off a little over a week ago and we couldn't be happier. His teeth look great!"

- Mindy C.

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"Always friendly staff. Treated us just like family from beginning to end. The comfort provided to my son throughout his process of getting braces was phenomenal. Highly recommended!"

- Lukisha W.

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*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Team Orthodontics. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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After Hours New Patient Line: 480-738-2798
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