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Your Checklist for Taking Care of Your Damon Braces

You got your Damon Braces on by Dr. Rucker!  Here's a list of helpful reminders about what to expect as you are getting used to your braces.

Foods Guide

Avoid eating candy or foods that are hard, sticky, or chewy.  These types of foods lead to cavities and will likely cause your braces or wires to come loose.  Please refer to our website for an easy reference and printable guide.


Keeping your teeth clean during orthodontic treatment is very important.  Always remember to brush after every meal. Healthy teeth and gums are just as important as straight teeth in obtaining a healthy and attractive smile.  To help you with this important job, we recommend using a Sonicare toothbrush during and after orthodontic treatment.  Please ask us about the Waterpik at your next visit if you are having trouble keeping your teeth clean with braces and need a little extra help.

Sore Teeth

You may notice your teeth beginning to move into better alignment early on. This will cause your teeth to be sore, so eat softer foods and take smaller mouthfuls for the first few meals. Over-the-counter pain medication, such as Tylenol or Advil, are recommended for discomfort.

Other Concerns

Loose brackets or wire irritation may occur from time to time during your orthodontic treatment. we are available to help when these types of issues arise.  Please reach out to our office as soon as possible so we can help you get comfortable as soon as possible.

After Hours

If you are experiencing difficulty with your braces and need to reach us after hours, please send an email to comfort@ruckerorthodontics.com and a member of our team will respond within 24 hours.

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NOTE: The author, Dr. Jonathan Rucker, is a certified specialist in orthodontics (Orthodontist). His private orthodontic practice, Rucker Orthodontics, is located in Temecula, California. He received a Bachelor of Science degree at Brigham Young University, his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the Medical College of Virginia, and his orthodontic specialty training at Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education. He is a certified Damon Braces provider and a preferred Invisalign specialist. He offers the most advanced techniques available in modern orthodontic treatment to ensure his patients achieve their best possible results.

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