Gentle Dental of West Chester
125 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380

Staying Happy and Healthy with Braces

Caring for Braces

Countless people have experienced stunning transformations by wearing braces. The straight, beautiful smiles that result make any temporary convenience or additional dental care requirements more than worthwhile. If you currently wear braces, or plan to in the near future, the following tips can help you truly enjoy life while undergoing your orthodontic treatment.

When you first get your new braces, you may experience a sore mouth and teeth, and it may be uncomfortable to bite into food. To relieve discomfort, rinse with warm salt water and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If your cheeks, lips, or tongue are irritated from the braces, you can use the wax your orthodontist provided to help ease the pain. If a wire becomes loose and irritates your mouth, use a blunt tool to gently push the wire back into place. Use wax to prevent further injury to the inside of your mouth and visit your orthodontist so your braces can be checked for damage.

Most people wonder what foods they can eat when wearing braces. For the first few days, eat soft foods as you adjust to your orthodontics. You likely will be able to resume eating most foods sooner than you think, but remember to avoid tough cuts of meat, hard bread, chewy candy, popcorn, nuts, and crunchy fruits and vegetables.

Brushing thoroughly is essential when you wear braces, so be sure to maintain a strict dental care regimen. Braces create areas that can trap food and lead to tooth decay and plaque buildup, so brush carefully and regularly.

You must take good care of your orthodontics to get the results you want from wearing braces. Always wear the headgear, rubber bands, and retainers your orthodontist prescribed, and if you are an athlete, wear a mouth guard to protect your braces—and your mouth and teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in West Chester, call Gentle Dental of West Chester today at (484) 643-4417 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in West Chester. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of West Chester, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of West Chester. 

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Patient Reviews
The staff seem very knowledgeable and are very nice. The office is very clean and the equipment/practices used seem very up to date.
Meghan R.
Dr. Valentine is awesome. Love her welcoming approach and genuine personality. Ellie and Regins are always courteous and knowledgable of my family.
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Friendly, professional & timely service
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Professional, competent, non-judgemental
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Everyone was so caring & thoughtful
Owen M.
I love Dr. Valentine. She makes me feel so at ease and makes the trip to the dentist as pleasurable as it possibly can be.
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Very professionally run office,my appointment was on time and the staff extremely helpful. I met Denise as I entered, she was so pleasant and courteous and a joy to talk with. Any fears of being in a […]
Neal M.
Dr Valentine is a great dentist. She cares about each of her clients. I feel that I get the proper dental care that I need and am not upsold or lied to in order to bill my insurance.
Charles W.
Friendly staff and great teeth cleanin!!
Danele M.
The staff is always friendly and helpful.
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Gentle Dental’s customer service skills are top notch. From the appointment reminders to the cavity fills, they are always eager to help. My last dentist always found a cavity, Gentle Dental only […]
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Great staff, willing to go above and beyond for patients.
Maggie K.
A great hygiene appointment as usual.
Gary S.
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The price was really good too.
Julia W.
The staff was extremely quick, friendly, and helpful. The dentist (Dr. Valentine) and the dental hygienist took the time to explain everything and caused little to no pain during my cleaning, which […]
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As someone who is an oral cancer survivor, I appreciate the Excellent service, scheduling, friendly rapore, knowledgeable professionals who give the best up to date oral care. I feel my needs are […]
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The friendly and personable staff…(especially office clerk “Regina” and Dr Valentine
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Great people. Easy to get in
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Dr. Valentine &&+ staff are great. They work with you and accomadate your needs. I have been a patient for over 5 years have never had a bad experience. Would definately reccomend Gentle […]
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (484) 643-4417
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