Life with Braces

Eating with Braces

What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat when going through your life with braces! If you’ve been wanting to drop a few pounds, the first-week wearing braces is youst your chance! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard bread, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliance when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Life with Braces

Foods to Avoid

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headaches or similar pain. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how to make your life with braces easier!

Loosening of Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new – corrected – positions.

Loose Wire or Band

Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blut instrument (the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.

Care of Appliances

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear, or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.

Brushing

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

Brushing Step One

Step One

Using a dry brush with a small amount of toothpaste place bristles where gums and teeth meet.

Brushing Step Two

Step Two

For 10 seconds on each tooth use circular, vibrating motions around the gum lines.

Brushing Step Three

Step Three

Every tooth of both arches should be brushed slowly.

Brushing Step Four

Step Four

Brush the lower teeth from gum line up and the upper teeth from the gum line down. Brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue too!

Flossing

Step One

Carefully thread unwaxed floss between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.

Step Two

Carefully floss around the braces.

Step Three

Carefully floss around the gum areas.

Step Four

Carefully floss around each tooth.

Athletics

If you play sports, it’s important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliance immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

In conclusion, we at West Side Orthodontics are here to help you get through your life with braces seamlessly. This is not only meant for kids only, with adults accounting for 20% of the United States orthodontic patients. Schedule an appointment today!

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