Life With Braces
As you begin your orthodontic treatment with braces, it is essential to know ways by which you can maintain them throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Eating With Braces
Wearing orthodontic braces can help you get your teeth back in shape and health. Your dentist can help you understand the ways by which you can take care of your orthodontic braces. It is necessary to take special care to avoid food that may damage your 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
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 BY BRACES AND APPLIANCES
It is natural to experience tender gums or soreness as you start wearing your dental braces. This is a perfectly normal sign and would not last. To relieve discomfort from soreness, it is recommended to rinse your mouth for just a couple of minutes with a salt solution.
In case the pain and swelling do not wear off, we would prescribe pain relievers and medication. Patients would be prepared to experience initial signs of irritation that would wear off in a couple of weeks.
Experiencing loose teeth while wearing orthodontic appliances is pretty natural and an essential requirement as well. This helps reposition your teeth back to its normal position. Once realigned, your teeth would no longer be loose.
LOOSE WIRES AND BANDS
It is natural to experience loose wires and bands. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR APPLIANCES
It is essential to understand that damaged appliances may extend your orthodontic treatment. 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.
PLAYING SPORTS WITH BRACES
Although you are under orthodontic treatment, the patient can still play sports and enjoy their time on the field. It's recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let us know if you are in need of mouthguards, and we shall be happy to provide them.