Specializing in Smiles

Life with Braces

Congratulations! We are moving toward our goal of creating a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Though we will do our part by straightening your teeth, the success of the end result depends upon how well you work with us. We’ll be encouraging you to do your part in the following areas:

Brushing and Flossing

It is very important that you keep your appliances, as well as your teeth and gums, clean. Brush and floss at least twice a day and make it a habit to check your appliances in the mirror. A water pic can also assist in cleaning hard to reach areas. Remember, it is not how hard you brush, but more importantly, how long (2 minutes!).

Keeping Appointments

Keeping your regularly scheduled appointments can make the difference between finishing your treatment on time. Late arrival or a series of rescheduled visits may not allow us to complete the necessary procedures. This factor is especially important during a growth period. This could result in a delay of your treatment and possible extension of the total treatment time.

Foods to Avoid

Our patients adjust well to life with braces. Our list of foods to avoid is brief. Basically - avoid anything sticky, hard and crunchy. Remember, if you should not swallow it (finger nails, pens, pencils, etc.) then you should not chew it!

Chewing Gum

Yes, Dr. Domann and Dr. Orfanos do allow patients to chew small pieces of sugar free gum at certain times throughout treatment.

Visiting Your Dentist Regularly

Although our office will monitor your appliances regularly, it is still very important that you see your family dentist at least twice a year. Even with braces, your dentist will be able to clean your teeth and check for possible cavities. If you do not have a dentist, we will be happy to give you the names of several in the area. Often times, we can coordinate appointments with our office and your dentist’s office for cleanings, recommended extractions, and needed restorations.