Now that you are one of our New Hope or Excelsior braces patients, you need to learn how to adjust to life with braces. The truth is that there aren’t a lot of changes you need to make, but at first, these changes will feel pretty big. However, do not feel tempted to pick and choose the rules you will follow; the quality of your results depends on your ability to care for your appliance properly. Below is a quick guide to life with braces.
Eating with Braces
Wearing braces means forgoing some of your favorite foods for a while. We know, that sounds awful, but remember that you won’t be in braces forever, and the better care you give them, the sooner they will come off. Below is a basic list of foods to avoid.
- Chewy Foods: bagels, licorice
- Sticky Foods: caramels, taffy, gum
- Hard Foods: nuts, hard candies
- Crunchy Foods: popcorn, chips, hard pretzels
- Foods You Bite Into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Okay, so that was definitely not the fun part, but here are some foods you CAN eat.
- 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
A lot of our patients worry about braces hurting. Rest assured, having braces isn’t painful; you will have some soreness after they are placed and after each adjustment. However, the soreness is just slight tenderness and a dull ache that goes away quickly. Treat this sensation using salt-water rinses and your choice of OTC pain reliever.
Part of moving your teeth into place is getting them to loosen up so they can make the move, if you will. However, feeling your teeth become loose can be a strange feeling. Just know that it is temporary and the will firm up in place once treatment is over.
Loose Wires and Bands
When you consider how much your mouth moves throughout the day, you can understand that the probability of part of your appliance coming loose is pretty high. If this happens, contact us as soon as possible so we can repair the problem. Between the problem arising and seeing us, you can do a temporary fix yourself.
To push a loose wire out of the way, use the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to push it back to where it should be. If the wire is irritating the inside of your mouth, place dental wax on it.
If you play sports, it is very important that you wear a mouthguard while in treatment. This will prevent very painful accidents from occurring—trust us, this is not something you want to experience. We can help you find the right mouthguard for your situation.