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Adjusting to life with braces will help you enjoy your smile easier.

Questions & answers

Life with braces

How will braces affect my lifestyle?

Wearing braces may change a few day-to-day habits you are used to. You will need to make these small changes to help keep your oral appliance intact and stay on track of your treatment timeline. Remember that, even if they are frustrating, they are only temporary and that any small change is worth achieving your best smile.

Will I need to change my diet?

We recommend avoiding foods that can damage your oral appliances. This includes foods that are hard, chewy, sticky or crunchy, or foods that you need to heavily bite into to eat. Soft foods are generally easier to eat.

Why is adjusting my lifestyle to braces important?

Taking good care of your oral appliance is mandatory to staying on track with your treatment plan. Your timeline will be drawn out if your braces are damaged and need to be repaired, requiring you to visit our office more frequently.

Life with braces

Caring for braces

Our orthodontists and team are willing to help you adjust to your temporary lifestyle with braces by giving you suggestions on how to maintain and care for your oral appliance. We will educate you on ways to best adapt to your life with braces during your visit at Children & Family Dentistry & Braces. Contact our office today.

Guidelines for braces

Proper maintenance for your braces ensures that your treatment stays on track and does not extend for a longer period of time. We recommend that you brush at least three times a day, after every meal and possibly more after snacks, and floss using an interdental brush.

Eating with braces

Avoid certain foods that can potentially damage your braces:

  • Chewy foods — like bagels and licorice.
  • Crunchy foods — including popcorn, ice or chips.
  • Sticky foods — like caramel and chewing gum.
  • Hard foods — like hard candy and nuts.
  • Foods that require biting into — like raw carrots, uncut apples or corn on the cob.
Soreness and tenderness

Your teeth may feel tender when you start your treatment. Luckily, this only lasts a few days. Your soft tissues, like your tongue and cheeks, may feel irritated once your braces are on and may take a few weeks to get used to them. Our orthodontists can provide wax to cover your braces to help with this irritation. You can also take mild pain medication if needed.

Loose teeth

Your teeth may begin to feel loose during the process, which is perfectly natural. It is simply your teeth shifting into the proper position.

Lose wires and bands

If the wires and bands become loose, call our office immediately so that we can help with any potential repairs or adjustments.

Sports and musical instruments

Your braces should not have a big effect on your child’s extracurricular activities, though we do suggest that they wear a sports mouth guard while playing aggressive sports. Playing musical instruments should not be affected either.

Contact us if you have any questions about your new life with braces.

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We believe that everyone deserves to receive quality dental care tailored to their individual needs. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment and receive personalized, comprehensive care!