During times of discomfort, soft foods are recommended by your orthodontist in Melbourne, FL. Crunchy foods (nuts, ice, pretzels, hard candy, etc.) should be avoided throughout treatment and will likely lead to breakage if consumed. Breakage can lead to extended treatment times and it is always desirable to keep treatment as short as possible. Repairing damaged appliances also leads to more office visits, which is usually not convenient for the patient and/or parents.
Sticky foods (gum, taffy, caramel, etc.) can pull some of the adhesive out from around brackets and bands, creating a void that can be filled with food debris. Coupled with the fact that this type of food sticks to the appliances and teeth, the cavity risk for the patient can be increased significantly. These foods should also be avoided.
The hulls or shells of popcorn can get lodged in the gums and cause painful abscesses, so it should be avoided as well.
We are now welcoming patients and parents into our waiting rooms. There is no need to call us when you arrive. We are, however, asking that everyone wear face coverings upon entering, regardless of vaccination status. We continue to take precautions for prevention of spreading COVID-19. We remain vigilant with our sterilization and disinfection protocols and we will continue taking additional precautionary measures as well. We still ask that you reschedule your appointments if the patient has been symptomatic in the last ten days or has been recently exposed to someone known to be infected with COVID-19.
We will continue utilizing only half of our operatories to maintain significant distance between patients. We ask that all of our patients thoroughly brush their teeth prior to their appointments to limit the use of our toothbrushing area. As always, we will continue to be committed to giving each of our patients the best possible experience!
Thank you for your understanding!
Dr. Reddick and the Reddick Orthodontics Team