Life with Braces

Oral Hygiene with Braces

When you have braces it’s very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.

Eating with Braces

You’ll also need to be careful about what you eat to prevent breaking your braces or bending the wires. Before you can get back to the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances. These are some of the food items to avoid:

  • 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

Soreness caused from braces and appliances

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever. If the pain is too much and does not go away, you can try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated until they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry because this is normal. They must first loosen in order to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

Take Care of your Appliances

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth can only move if the appliances are in place and you consistently wear the rubber bands, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Playing Sports with Braces

We have great news for athletes. You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you do play sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouth guard in order to protect your teeth and appliances. Let us know if you need help finding the right mouth guard for you.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and your appliance for any damage that may have occurred. If you notice any loose teeth, or if your appliance has been damaged, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort with wax.