It's important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. Here's how!
Eating with Braces
Don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! Until then, you will need to take care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.
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
- 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
When you first get your braces, your teeth and mouth may feel tender or sore. This is perfectly normal! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for a few minutes (do not swallow the saltwater). If the pain does not go away after rinsing, you can also take a pain reliever.
It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated as they become used to the braces. We can give you some wax to cover the braces to lessen the tenderness.
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal! Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
Taking Care of Your Appliances
Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.
If the wires and bands on your braces come loose, or if a piece of your appliance comes off, please contact us. You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax over the broken wire.
Playing Sports with Braces
You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance.
In case of a sports emergency, check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any damage, contact our office right away.