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How to Properly Take Care of Braces?

Eating with Braces

Wearing braces may restrict you from eating some of your favorite foods. Reassure them that they can taste their favorite dishes eventually. However, for the time being, they have to avoid eating food that would damage their 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 They CAN Eat with braces:


  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Bread — 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 normal to feel soreness in the teeth and mouth when first getting the braces. To stop the pain, we suggest that you dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Then, let your child gargle the solution for a few minutes. Do not swallow.


If the pain doesn’t go away, let them 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 they need some wax to lessen the tenderness of their 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 Teeth

The feeling that your teeth are a little loose is normal as well. You don’t have to worry though as it will not last for long. This happens because the braces move their teeth into the right position.

Loose Wires and Bands

Once they 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 help them 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 their lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over it.

Take Care of Your Appliances

Remind them to take good care of your appliances so that they don’t want to lengthen their treatment. Tell them to consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances your doctor prescribed to move their teeth and jaw into the right positions.

Playing Sports with Braces

Who says they can’t play sports while under orthodontic treatment? They can! They just need to wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth and appliance. Ask help from the dentist to get the appropriate mouthguard.


During a sports emergency, check your child’s mouth and appliance. If there’s damage on their teeth or if it’s loose, contact us immediately. To temporarily relieve discomfort, apply wax or rinse the mouth with warm saltwater.


Does your child need braces to correct their bit, jaw, teeth, and the likes? Please visit our location so that our dentist can assess their unique situation.

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