Life with Braces - All Star Orthodontics

Life with Braces

It’s your first time wearing braces, how do you take care of them? It’s fairly easy just a few adjustments of your brushing and eating habits. You want to keep your braces or appliances intact to keep your treatment on track, therefore there are a few items you will have to cut out of your diet for the time being.

Foods to remove from your diet:

  • 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 you can continue to consume:

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — 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 from braces and appliances It’s common for you to feel general soreness after your braces have been applied or tightened. We advise that you consume soft foods until it no longer hurts to chew. Your gums may become irritated and sore spots might arise, in that instance dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously.

In addition, if the soreness is very severe you may take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. DO NOT use Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) these will actually slow the tooth movement, so it is not advisable to use them frequently while wearing braces.

Loose Teeth

If you feel like your teeth have begin to loosen, don’t worry. That is normal and part of the process while your teeth shift into place. Once your teeth are in the correct
place they will no longer feel loose.

Loose Bracket

Depending on whether your bracket or band is still attached to the wire you should leave it in place and apply wax on it for comfort. If the band or bracket has fallen or can be removed place it in an envelope and bring it your next appointment.

Loose Wire

Using a pair of tweezers or needle-nosed pliers, try to put your wire back into place. It is okay to use a piece of floss to tie the wire into place: tie the floss around the bracket in place of the missing colored o-ring. If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use
a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If the end of the wire is still sharp place wax on it.

Taking care of your appliances

During your treatment make sure you are taking care of your appliances by eating only foods recommended by your orthodontist. Any damage that is done will increase the length of your treatment process. In addition, it’s pertinent that you consistently wear rubber bands, headgear, retainer, and any other appliances that have been prescribed.

Playing sports with Braces

Playing sports may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.