bracesGetting braces is an important decision. We know that when you first get your braces, you will have lots of questions about the process and what you can expect. The following can help give you an overview of your new life with braces. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Eating with Braces

After you get your braces, it’s normal for your teeth to feel sore for a few days. To make chewing easier, start with soft foods. Soft foods will help your mouth feel back to normal faster. Try to avoid hard breads and tough, raw vegetables, like carrots.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Chewy foods — jerky, bagels, rice crispy treats, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, hard taco shells
  • Sticky foods — chewing gum, caramel candies,
  • Hard foods — ice, hard candies, nuts
  • Foods that require biting into — apples, corn on the cob, carrots
  • Objects that you may chew or bite on – pencils, pens, water bottles, and mouthpieces

Oral Hygiene

Remember that it’s important to take care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is a critical component to a healthy smile. Be sure to:

  • Continue to schedule regular dental cleanings throughout your orthodontic treatment.
  • Keep a travel toothbrush with you at all times and be sure to brush after every meal.
  • Use a proxy brush, in addition to your toothbrush, to clean those hard-to-reach areas.
  • Floss using a super-flosser to remove food that gets trapped between your teeth and brackets.
  • Try a WaterPik or AirFlosser to help loosen food and plaque around your braces.
  • Rinse with fluoride for one minute every evening after brushing.

Protecting Your Smile

If you play sports, we recommend wearing a mouthguard during practice and games to protect your teeth and your appliances from injury or damage. If you’re an athlete, simply let us know at your next appointment. We can help you find the right mouthguard for your smile.