Maintaining Your LightForce Braces

You've started treatment with our cutting-edge 3D-printed LightForce Braces! We cannot be more excited for you. Congratulations on starting your orthodontic treatment!

Taking care of your LightForce Braces isn't much different from other variations of clear braces! Since these braces are printed and fitted uniquely to your smile, there are much fewer adjustments needed from Shoe Orthodontics!

To keep treatment on track, you'll need to maintain your LightForce Braces using the same hygiene routines, food restrictions, and general care you would with most other braces. Proper hygiene is vital to your treatment journey. Here's what we recommend:

  • Always brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. We have a few kinds of toothpaste we recommend, namely Colgate Total!
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash (we love ACT or Listerine)or Waterpik for at least 30 seconds twice daily.
  • Using an orthodontic flosser, floss around your teeth and wires. You can usually find orthodontic flossers are Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Target, Weis, etc.

The first few days after applying your LightForce Braces, it's not unusual for a wire to start poking or a bracket to pop off. This can happen because of the presence of moisture during bracket placement, a type of food you may have eaten, etc. There's no reason to panic! Give Shoe Orthodontics a call and we'll schedule an appointment to repair or reattach your braces. It won't be necessary for you to see us the day of unless you're feeling extreme discomfort.

During treatment with LightForce Braces, it's vital to avoid food that could cause damage to your brackets or wires. You should avoid any foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy. Here are some, but not all, of the foods you should avoid:

  • Bubble Gum (sugar or sugarless)
  • Hard Sourdough Pretzels
  • Gobstoppers
  • Snickers Bars
  • Nuts
  • Hard Bagels
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Swedish Fish
  • Apples and Carrots should be sliced thin to eat
  • Beef Jerky
  • Kettle Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Gummy Bears
  • Chewing on pens or pencils
  • Starburst
  • Ice
  • Bottle Caps

We know it sounds like a lot, but there are still oodles of other foods out there to eat. A majority of the foods you find on restaurant menus or in your fridge are still okay for you to eat! You can still enjoy cake, chocolate, milkshakes, yogurt, ice cream, cookies, kinds of pasta, meats, burritos, pizza, and so much more!

If you need ANYTHING during your treatment, contact Shoe Orthodontics. We're here to help make your orthodontic treatment as stressfree and effortless as possible.

The Team at Shoe Orthodontics

Our Recent Posts

patient candids shoe orthodontics hanover pa reisterstown md 2022 25

Adult Braces vs. Child Braces: How Are They Different?

It is true that you can get braces at any age. That doesn’t mean that children and adults get the same treatment. We consider several factors with adults that may not factor into treatment for children.  Does the adult have all their teeth? How worn are those teeth? Is there evidence of gum disease or […]

Read Post +
team candids shoe orthodontics hanover pa reisterstown md 2022 262

Here's Why Thumb-Sucking Is Bad for Teeth and Should Stop

Is your child a thumbsucker? Are they still sucking their thumb after age 2? How do you stop thumb-sucking? What is the effect of thumb-sucking on teeth?  Parents often have questions about their child’s thumb-sucking habits, especially if they notice changes in their child’s teeth. Thumb-sucking is bad for your child’s teeth, with long-term effects […]

Read Post +
crossmenu linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram