Life with Braces
Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
Eating with Braces
Don’t worry, you’ll be able to enjoy munching on popcorn and snacking on potato chips again soon! However, it is important to take care of your new appliances by avoiding any foods that could damage them.
Foods to avoid with braces:
- 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 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
If your teeth begin feeling a little wiggly, don’t worry; this is normal! Your braces are designed to first loosen your teeth in order to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been shifted to the correct position, they will no longer be loose.
Take Care of Your Appliances
Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take special care of all your appliances. It is also important that you follow your prescribed treatment plan as it was designed by your doctor. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.
Playing Sports with Braces
Don’t worry, we have good news for our athlete patients! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you participate in sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the correct mouthguard to warrant you the best protection.
In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.