• Life with Braces

  • Once you’ve gotten your braces, it’s important to take good care of them so they function properly. Below are some helpful instructions on how to maintain your braces to achieve your desired results.

    Eating with Braces

    Although you might not to be able to eat some of your favorite foods with your braces on, it will be well worth the wait once you have your new, straight smile.

    Foods to avoid with braces:

    • Chewy foods — fruit snacks, beef jerky
    • Crunchy foods — pretzels, chips, popcorn
    • Sticky foods — jelly beans, gum, taffy
    • Hard foods — hard taco shells, hard candies, ice
    • Foods you bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

    Foods you CAN eat with braces:

    • Dairy — yogurt, pudding, smoothies
    • Bread — cornbread, muffins, pancakes, tortillas 
    • Grains — noodles, rice
    • Meats/poultry — soft meats like chicken or meatballs
    • Seafood — soft seafood like tuna or salmon
    • Vegetables — steamed vegetables, beans, potatoes (mashed or boiled)
    • Fruits — fruit cut into smaller pieces, applesauce, bananas
    • Treats — Jell-O, ice cream, milkshakes

    Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances

    You may experience tenderness or soreness when your braces are first put on, tightened or modified. Don’t worry, this is completely normal and happens to many patients.

    We suggest adding one tablespoon of salt to an eight-ounce glass of lukewarm water and rinse your mouth to help alleviate some pain. You can also take a pain reliever Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

    Patients often feel discomfort and irritation inside their mouth and lips. This too is completely normal and a way of your body toughening and getting used to your braces. We offer wax to put over your braces to keep them from irritating the inside or your mouth and lips.

    Loose Teeth

    Your teeth will become loose to shift into place. This is a normal reaction to braces and actually means your braces are doing their job. Once your teeth are aligned, they shouldn’t be loose anymore.

    Loose Wires and Bands

    In the case your wires or bands become loose or come off, it's important to contact us as soon as you can. Make sure to keep the part of your appliance that fell off and bring it to your next visit. For a quick fix, you can use an eraser or the back of a spoon to push the wire in its usual place. You can also place a damp cotton ball or wax over the loose part of the wire. This will help alleviate some pain or discomfort and block parts of the appliance from poking or jabbing the inside of your mouth.

    Take Care of Your Appliances

    In order for your appliances to straighten your teeth properly, they must be working properly. If your appliances become damaged, contact us right away as it can affect the duration of your treatment. It is important to wear your headgear, rubber bands, and retainer as recommended by your orthodontist.

    Playing Sports with Braces

    You can continue to play sports with your braces on. In order to protect your braces and your teeth during sports, we suggest wearing a mouthguard. Let any of our team members know if you need assistance choosing a mouthguard or determining the right fit. They can be conveniently purchased at your local drugstore.

    If your appliance or teeth are hit or damaged in a sports injury, let us know as soon as you can. In the meantime, you can put wax on your appliances, wash your mouth with lukewarm salt water, and take a pain reliever like Tylenol or Ibuprofen to alleviate pain or discomfort.