Expanding Appliance Care Instructions



After you get your appliance, you might feel a little sore and your teeth may be tender to biting for 3-5 days. If it’s severe, take Advil®/Tylenol® to ease the discomfort. Your gums and tongue may become irritated for a few days, as you get used to your appliance. It may take a few days to get used to talking with your new appliance.

Care Instructions

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice daily.
  • It’s important to have regular cleanings at your dental office. We recommend going every 6-12 months.
Examples of Foods to Avoid
  • Hard foods: popcorn, nuts, ice cubes and hard candies
  • Sticky foods: caramel, sugary gum, beef jerky, jujubes and licorice
  • Avoid chewing on pencils and fingernails
  • Cut apples, carrots and any other hard fruits or vegetables into small pieces before eating them
Examples of Foods to Be Careful of
  • Pizza crust and meat on bones
  • Break chips into small pieces

Sore Mouth Rinse

If the appliance causes any sores in your mouth, mix one teaspoon of salt in a small glass of lukewarm water and rinse for 1 minute.