Life With Braces

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Broadlands Orthodontics & American Braces and Smile Center

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Life With Braces

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to take care of your braces properly throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

Eating with Braces

Knowing how to take care of your braces is very important for your treatment success. You will have to avoid any foods that can damage your braces or appliance. Don’t worry! You will eat popcorn, caramel, potato chips again soon.

Foods to avoid with braces

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, pretzels
  • Sticky foods — caramel candy, gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candy
  • Foods that  requiting hard biting— corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Foods you CAN eat with braces

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins
  • Grains — pasta, cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry —cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

Soreness Caused by Braces and Appliances

General soreness in the mouth is a common side effect when you get your braces. Your teeth will feel tender when biting, and it can generally last three to five days. The rule of thumb is to stay on a soft diet until it doesn’t hurt to chew. You may experience soreness of the gums. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with warm salt-water solution. If the soreness is severe, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol). Avoid aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn) slows tooth movement, so do not use them frequently if possible.

You may also experience irritation on your lips, cheeks, and tongue for up to two week as they are becoming accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can place wax on brasses to lessen the irritation.

Loose Teeth

Your teeth may feel a little loose, this is common! In order for your teeth to move into the right position, your braces must first loosen them. Once your teeth are in the correct position, they will no longer feel loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. Please contact us as soon as possible so we can so we can schedule an appointment for you. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

If your wire is loose or has come out of place, you can temporarily fix them by placing them back into the tube using tweezers or a pair of long-nosed pliers. If you can’t place the wire into position to relieve discomfort, you can clip the wire behind the last to tooth which is securely fastened as a last resort. Place wax on the end of the wire if it is causing discomfort.

Take Care of Your Appliances

Make sure to take good care of you appliances. Damaged appliances can increase treatment time. Your treatment can only be affective if you wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, and appliances consistently as prescribed by Dr. Hessamfar.

Playing Sports with Braces

If you play sports, we recommend that you wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth, braces, and appliance. In case of sports emergency, please make sure to contact our office. Make sure to check your mouth for any damages.