How do you care for your braces now that you have them? It’s essential to know how to properly care for your braces during your orthodontic treatment.
Eating with Braces
Don’t worry, you will get back snacking on crispy chips and eating popcorn again before you know it! However, before you can start enjoying some of your favorite delights, you’ll need to take extra precautions to prevent damaging your new equipment.
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
Braces and Appliances May Cause Soreness
You may find that your teeth and mouth feel uncomfortable or irritated when you first acquire braces. This is very natural, and we assure you that your mouth will not be uncomfortable indefinitely! We propose dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of hot water to ease discomfort. For a few minutes, swish and gargle this solution in your mouth (do not swallow the saltwater).
You may also try taking a pain reliever if the discomfort is more intense and does not go away after washing. For one to two weeks, your lips, cheeks, and tongue may get sore as they toughen and adjust to the braces. We’d be pleased to offer you some wax to place on top of your braces to help with the soreness. Please let us know if you need wax.
Don’t panic if your teeth start to feel loose; this is quite natural! To move your teeth into the proper position, your braces must first free them. Your teeth will no longer be loose once they have been repositioned.
Loose Wires and Bands
Your braces’ wires and bands may come undone. Please call us as soon as possible if this occurs so that we may inspect and restore your appliance. If any part of your appliance comes undone, keep it and bring it with you to the office. Put wax or a damp cotton ball on the broken wire to ease the discomfort if the loose wire is irritating your lips or cheeks.
Take Care of Your Appliances
Damaged appliances might prolong your treatment time, so be sure to look after all of your appliances. Only by wearing the equipment advised by your dentist regularly will your teeth and jaw shift into their proper places.
Playing Sports with Braces
Athletes, we have some exciting news! Even if you’re receiving orthodontic treatment, you can still participate in sports! When you do participate in sports, a mouthguard is suggested to protect your teeth and appliance. If you need assistance locating the correct mouthguard for the greatest protection, let your doctor know.
In the event of a sporting emergency, be sure to examine your mouth and appliance for damage immediately. Please call our office as soon as you discover any loose teeth or appliance damage. Applying wax or washing your mouth with warm saltwater will help reduce the pain briefly