During Treatment



The issues and instructions below are a review of your training session with Dr. Minnah and Dr. Korn’s staff. Please keep this reference in a convenient place and refer to it as necessary.


Your teeth may become sore following initial bracket placement or after an adjustment. Some food choices to consider at first are: hamburger, mashed or baked potatoes, eggs, oatmeal, apple sauce, tuna, pasta, cottage cheese, jell-o, yogurt, ice cream, soup, rice, canned fruits, steamed vegetables, meat loaf, fish, malts and shakes.

Warm liquids soothe a sore mouth. Heat in the form of warm water, hot chocolate, tea, coffee and broth will soothe the roots and make you feel more comfortable.


Certain food types need either to be avoided or properly prepared to prevent breakage of appliances. Braces will break off easily if hard, chewy or sticky foods are not managed carefully.

The rule is: if in doubt about a food being too hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy, it probably is.

AVOID: Hard bread, bagels, pretzels, hard cookies, nuts, popcorn kernels, hard candy, hard chips, pizza crust, pits in olives and chewing ice. Chewy meats, hard fruits and vegetables, all need to be cut into small pieces and chewed carefully. Avoid chewing on pens, pencil and fingernails.

Small pieces and careful chewing are the best advice. It is all about how to chew and not ‘what to chew’.


We do expect occasional, accidental breakage, but repetitive breakage slows treatment, requires extra visits and its very discouraging! Loose or broken brackets or bands usually occur from overzealous chewing of hard foods. The wearing of prescribed appliances (e.g. bite planes) as instructed helps keep breakage to a minimum.

Please call immediately if something is broken so that we may determine the exact nature of the problem and schedule adequate time for repair!

If you simply walk in for your regular visit with something broken we may not have the necessary time for repair! So please call if breakage occurs, even if just prior to a scheduled visit.


Visits are spaced in coordination with the needs of treatment. Proper timing of visits truly expedites treatment. Excessive failed or cancelled appointments disrupt treatment progress and lengthen treatment time.

REMINDER: Please, see your dentist every 6 months!

Good Luck! Always feel comfortable to call the office if you have any questions or problems.


Dr. Minnah and Dr. Korn’s Staff