LIFE WITH BRACES
How to properly take care of your braces?
Eating with Braces
Wearing braces may restrict you from eating some of your favorite foods. Yet, you can enjoy them not for long. Right now, since you have braces, make sure to avoid eating food that would damage your new appliances such as:
- 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 from Braces and Appliances
It is normal to feel soreness in your teeth and mouth when you first get your braces. To stop the pain, we suggest that you dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Then, gargle the solution for a few minutes. Do not swallow.
If the pain doesn’t go away, try to take a pain reliever. Irritation of your lips, cheeks and tongue for one to two weeks is also normal. It is a natural reaction that your mouth is getting used to the braces. If you need some wax to lessen the tenderness of your teeth and mouth, contact us.
The feeling that your teeth is a little loose is normal as well. This will not last for long. This happens because the braces move your teeth into the right position.
Loose Wires and Bands
Once you feel that the wires and bands on your braces become loose, contact us immediately so we can check and fix it. Also, if any piece is removed, keep it and bring it during your dental appointment.
You can actually do the repair. You just need to use the back of a spoon or the eraser of a pencil to push back the wire into place. Moreover, if the loose wire is irritating and causing pain to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over it.
Take Care of Your Appliances
Make sure to take good care of your appliances if you don’t want to lengthen your treatment. Consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances your doctor prescribed to move your teeth and jaw into the right positions.
Playing Sports with Braces
Who says you can’t play sports while under an orthodontic treatment? You can! You just need to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Ask help from your doctor to get the appropriate mouthguard.
During a sports emergency, check your mouth and appliance. If there is damage or loose teeth, contact us immediately. To temporarily relieve discomfort, apply wax or rinse mouth with warm saltwater.