Life with Braces


Now that you have your braces, it's crucial to understand the essential steps involved in maintaining their optimal condition throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. Taking care of braces is a fundamental aspect that ensures effective results and minimizes any potential complications. Here are a few tips.

Eating With Braces

One significant aspect of this maintenance routine involves being mindful of what foods you consume. Don't fret, though – while some treats might seem off-limits initially, such as popcorn or potato chips, with time and proper care, you'll be able to enjoy them again without any worries. However, it is vital to exercise caution by avoiding foods that could potentially damage your new appliances during this period. By diligently adhering to these guidelines, you can protect the integrity of your braces and ensure a smooth journey towards achieving a beautiful smile.

Foods to avoid with braces:

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

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Soft fruits like bananas, berries, and melons
  • Cooked vegetables like steamed broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes
  • Pasta and rice dishes
  • Fruits and vegetable smoothies
  • Dairy products like yogurt, milkshakes, and cottage cheese
  • Soups and broths

Soreness Caused by Braces and Appliances

When you first get your braces, it is natural to experience some soreness and tenderness in your teeth and mouth. Rest assured that this discomfort is only temporary and will subside over time. To alleviate the pain, we recommend creating a saltwater solution by dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Gently swish and gargle this mixture in your mouth for a few minutes, ensuring that you do not swallow it. In case the pain persists or intensifies, you may consider taking a pain reliever as an additional option. It is important to note that during the initial weeks, your lips, cheeks, and tongue might also become irritated as they adapt to the presence of braces. To ease this irritation, we can provide you with wax that can be applied over the braces to minimize tenderness. If you require wax or have any other concerns regarding soreness caused by braces or appliances, please don't hesitate to inform us so that we can assist you accordingly.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose after wearing braces or appliances, don't worry; this is normal! Your braces must first exert gentle pressure on your teeth to initiate the process of repositioning them into their ideal alignment. This gradual adjustment allows for the controlled movement of each tooth, bringing it closer to its desired position in harmony with neighboring teeth. As you progress through your orthodontic treatment, you may experience slight mobility in your teeth, which is an indication that the braces are effectively doing their job. Rest assured, knowing that once your teeth have been successfully moved and realigned according to the treatment plan, they will no longer be loose but rather firmly settled into their new and improved positions.

Loose Wires and Bands

If the wires and bands on your braces come loose, it is important to contact us immediately. Our team of professionals will promptly assess and repair your appliance. In case any component comes off, we kindly request you to save it and bring it along when visiting our office. If your brace has a loose wire, you can temporarily fix it using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully push the wire back into place. If this causes discomfort or irritation to your lips or cheeks, applying wax or placing a wet cotton ball over the broken wire will help alleviate any pain.

Taking Care of Your Appliance

Damaged appliances can significantly impede the progress of your treatment, ultimately prolonging the length of time required to achieve your desired results. Therefore, it is crucial to prioritize the proper care and maintenance of all prescribed appliances throughout your orthodontic journey. Your teeth and jaw will only be able to align themselves correctly if you consistently wear rubber bands, headgear, retainers, or any other devices recommended by your trusted orthodontist. By diligently adhering to these instructions, you enhance the effectiveness of the treatment plan devised specifically for you. Remember that each appliance plays a vital role in facilitating the desired movement and alignment of your teeth and jaw.

Playing Sports With Braces

Game, Set, Match — here is a piece of great news for athletes! If you're an athlete undergoing orthodontic treatment, rest assured that you can still actively participate in sports. However, it is highly recommended that you prioritize the protection of your teeth and appliances by wearing a mouthguard.

We understand that finding the right mouthguard might be overwhelming, but don't worry! Just let your doctor know, and they will assist you in selecting one that offers the best possible safeguarding. In the event of a sports emergency, it's vital to promptly inspect your mouth and appliance for any signs of damage. If you notice loose teeth or see any harm to your appliance, please reach out to our office immediately. To temporarily alleviate discomfort during such situations, applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater can provide relief.

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