Life with Braces
Life with braces isn’t hard, but you do need to make changes.
Maybe you will be getting braces soon, or perhaps you already have them but want to read more about living with your new appliance. Either way, we have the information you need to manage life with braces. Read below to learn more about the basics of being a braces patient.
Eating with braces means avoiding certain foods.
For braces patients, changing the way they eat is often the most difficult part of treatment. Certain foods should be avoided either because they can damage the braces or because they can cause unattractive stains around the braces, Below are food categories you should avoid, along with a few foods in each category to help you get an idea of what not to eat.
- 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
To help you feel better, here are some foods you can easily eat with braces:
- 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 is expected, but does not last long.
Your teeth will be sore right after your places are placed and after every adjustment. This should not be painful, but rather a tenderness, especially to biting pressure. You can use a saltwater rinse and over-the-counter pain medications to manage this soreness until it goes away.
Your teeth will become loose, but do not panic.
This can be a disconcerting sensation, especially for adults. However, teeth must become loose in order to move them in the gums. After treatment is complete, you will use a retainer and the teeth will firm up in place.
Wires and bands may become loose from time to time.
In fact, it is all but guaranteed. When this happens, contact us so we can see you as soon as possible. If something comes off your braces, save it and bring it with you. Poking wires can be pushed back into place or clipped and you can use dental wax to protect the soft tissues of the mouth from irritation.
You can still play sports with braces.
But you will need to protect yourself. If you play a contact sport, you will need to wear a special mouthguard that can fit over your teeth and braces. We will happily make this for you.
Do you have concerns about life with braces we have not answered here? Then please ask us in person at your appointment.