Life With Braces
Great! You have braces! Now, how do you take care of them? It’s important to know how to take care of your braces throughout all of your orthodontic treatment.
Eating With Braces
No need to be bummed out, you’ll be able engulf yourself in chips and popcorn very soon! On the other hand, before you can snack on the treats you love, you will need to take really good care to avoid any foods that could possibly damage your new braces.
Foods To Avoid With Braces
- Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice
- Hard foods – nuts, hard candies
- Chewy foods – bagels, licorice
- Foods that are hard to bite into – apples, carrots
Foods That You Can Eat With Braces
- Dairy – Yogurt, pudding, soft cheese
- Grains – rice, pasta
- Fruits – juice, strawberries, applesauce
- Breads – Muffins, tortillas, pancakes
- Meat/Poultry – Chicken, Lunch Meat
- Seafood – Tilapia, Salmon, Tuna
- Vegetables – Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Spinach
- Treats – Ice cream, Milkshakes, cake
Soreness Caused By Braces & Appliances
Whenever you first get your braces you might begin to notice a tad soreness or tenderness lingering in your mouth. No worries, this is perfectly normal! To relieve this pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in about 8 oz of water and swishing it in your mouth for a couple of minutes. Be sure to not swallow the water. Furthermore, it is also not uncommon for your tongue, cheeks, and lips to become irritated for about a week or two whenever you first get your braces on. If the pain is severe and persists even after rinsing your mouth with the salt water, it is perfectly okay to take a pain reliever.
If you feel that your teeth are starting to feel a tad loose, don’t worry this is perfectly normal! In order for your braces to move your teeth unto the correct position, they first must become loose. After your teeth are in the correct place, they won’t feel loose anymore!
Loose Wires & Bands
The wires and bands on your braces may become loose. If by chance this happens to you, contact us as soon as possible so we can go ahead and fix your appliance. You can temporarily fix the loose wire by putting the eraser end of a pencil or the back of a spoon to gently push the wire into its place. If you have a slight irritation or pain by the loose wire, you can place a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.
Take Care Of Your Appliances
Damaged appliances can lengthen the time of your treatment. Both your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you correctly wear your bands, wires, headgear, retainers, or any other appliances Dr.Rahimi recommended.