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 like 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.
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.
We offer emergency phone consultation to existing patients, please call us anytime (208) 323-4800