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Life with Braces


You have decided to start your treatment plan with braces, an important part of your treatment is caring for your appliance properly.

EATING WITH BRACES

Braces can be easily damaged by certain foods. You will need to stay away from the foods that may damage your appliance, failure to do so can lead to a longer treatment.

FOODS TO AVOID WITH BRACES:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

FOODS YOU CAN EAT WITH BRACES:

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

SORENESS CAUSED FROM BRACES AND APPLIANCES

On the first day following the placement of your braces, it is completely normal to experience some general soreness and tenderness in your mouth. You can start to ease some of the discomfort by dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish the solution a couple of times before spitting out the saltwater rinse.

If the salt water rinse is not enough to ease your discomfort, you can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever. You may also find that your lips, cheeks, and tongue feel irritated as they are getting used to the new appliance. Place some orthodontic wax over the patient’s braces to see if that helps.

LOOSE TEETH

When you begin your orthodontic treatment, it is normal to experience loose teeth. It is necessary to check your loose teeth collection lol.

LOOSE WIRES AND BANDS

During your treatment, the wires and bands on your braces may become loose. If you experience this, contact us as soon as possible for us to check and repair your appliance. If any part of the appliance comes off, please save it and bring it to your next appointment with you please.

As a temporary fix to a loose wire situation, we encourage you to use the back of a spoon the eraser of a pencil to place the wire back where it belongs.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR APPLIANCES

The number one request we receive from our patients is a shorter treatment time. Taking care of your appliance has a lot to do with the length of your treatment. If you break your appliance or do not consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, etc, then your treatment plan will be longer.

PLAYING SPORTS WITH BRACES

Are you an athlete who loves playing contact sports? There’s nothing to worry about, you can continue to develop your athletic skills while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Just let us know, and we can recommend a mouthguard that will help protect your teeth and appliance.

If you suffer sports-related trauma, be sure to inspect your mouth and appliance for any damage. If you find any damage, call our office right away to schedule an emergency appointment. You can also try to ease your discomfort using a saltwater rinse or applying wax.