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:
Soreness and tenderness
- 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.
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.