OK, so you just got your braces and you’re on your way to that great smile you’ve always wanted. But what’s the best way to take care of your new braces? Here’s a few “rules of engagement” to go by to make living with braces a pleasurable experience.
Eating While Wearing Braces
If some of your favorite foods have the potential of damaging your new appliances, you’ll have to put them on hold until you finish your orthodontic treament. But have no fear, you’ll be snacking on those no-no foods again when you get your braces off.
- • Foods that are chewy: gummy bears, licorice, bagels.
- • Foods that are crunchy: chips, popcorn, ice
- • Foods that are hard: hard candy, nuts
- • Foods that are sticky: gum, caramels
- • Foods that you bite into: apples, carrots, corn on the cob
- • Breads: soft bread, pancakes, soft tortillas
- • Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt
- • Grains: soft rice, pasta
- • Seafood: salmon, tuna
- • Meats: hamburger, soft chicken, lunch meats
- • Vegetables: creamed corn, spinach, beans
- • Fruits: bananas, applesauce, juices
- • Desserts: smoothies, ice cream without nuts, soft cakes
Discomfort from Braces
You may notice a little soreness the day you get your braces on or when you get them adjusted. This is only temporary and perfectly normal. Rinsing with a little warm salt water can help releive the pain. You can also take a mild pain reliever if necessary. Also, it may take a week or two for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to toughen up and get used to the braces. We have comfort wax available that you van mold over the braces to lessen any irritation.
Broken or Loose Braces
If any of the wires, brackets, or bands of your braces become loose, contact our office as soon as possible so we can any necessary repairs. Sometimes you can temporarily fix the problem by using a pencil eraser to push a wire back into place. You can also put waxor a cotton ball over a poking wire to lessen the irritation.
Tooth Mobility from Braces
It is perfectly normal for your teeth to feel a little loose from your braces. Once they move into the correct positions, they will start to become more solid.
Athletic Mouthguards for Braces
We have available specially designed athletic mouthguards for our patients who play sports while wearing braces. It is important to always wear the correct mouthguard while playing sports to protect your teeth and braces. If you have a sports accident, check for any damage to you mouth or braces. If you have any loose teeth or broken braces, please contact our office immediately so we can fix the problem.
Excessive breakage of you orthodontic appliances can make you treatment time take longer. Excellent patient cooperation is very important to getting that smile you’ve always wanted in a timely and comfortable manner. So please diligently wear the elastics, headgear or any other appliances as prescribed by Dr. Davis and you’ll be pleased with the results!