Oral Hygiene: Brushing and Flossing

Brushing should be done a minimum of 2 times a day and flossing once a day. This helps to minimize plaque formation which is the sticky white material that accumulates around the braces. If plaque sits on the teeth too long, decalcification (white spots) and cavities can form. In addition to brushing and flossing, a person should also decrease the amount and especially the frequency of sugary foods and drinks. Between meal snacks should be avoided. Read More >>

Food Tips

When Dr. Mentz puts on your bracers, he uses an adhesive that is strong enough to keep them adhered to your teeth, but weak enough to be removed easily when your teeth are straight. Because the braces are not indestructible, there are foods that need to be avoided. Hard foods can either cause braces to come loose, or bend the wires that are carefully designed to straighten your teeth. Sticky foods may loosen bands or get caught in the braces. Read More >>

Orthodontic Problems and How to Handle Them

Unfortunately, emergencies can happen and you may first refer to this list for the most common type of ways to take care of the problem. We do recommend using a mouth guard if you are involved in any contact sports. Please see us for recommendations. Read More >>