Life With Braces
If you’re new to braces, be prepared for a few lifestyle changes on your journey to straighter teeth. One of the biggest advantages of traditional braces is how durable they are. You also don’t have to worry about misplacing or forgetting to put in your aligner. However, you should also expect to adjust what you eat and how you care for your teeth, too.
What You Should Know About Braces
Loose Teeth Are Normal
If your teeth feel a little loose, that’s completely normal because your teeth are moving. Once they’re in their permanent position, the loose feeling should go away.
You May Experience a Little Discomfort
When your braces are first placed, they may feel a little tight as they exert pressure on your teeth. This means that your treatment is working! There are a few things you can try to ease any pain. You can:
- Swish a mixture of one teaspoon salt with eight ounces of water. Salt water can reduce any pain and heal sores, too.
- Take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
- Use orthodontic wax. Put the wax we give you on brackets and poking wires to keep the metal from rubbing against your mouth.
Broken Appliances? Get It Fixed Fast.
Sometimes a loose wire or broken bracket is unavoidable. If this happens, don’t panic. There are a number of temporary fixes to DIY. Put orthodontic wax on a wire that’s poking the inside of your mouth. You can also push a wire back into place with a pencil eraser or tweezers.
Schedule an appointment as soon as possible, so we can help make any necessary fixes.
Dental Hygiene Is Even More Important
Caring for your teeth is even more important when getting orthodontic treatment. Neglecting your teeth can create permanent white stains after your braces are removed. Plus, with the wires for braces, it’s sometimes harder to floss between your teeth.
When you come in for your appointment, we’ll give you everything you need to best take care of your teeth during treatment. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist every six months.
Eating With Braces
Unlike Invisalign® aligners, traditional braces have a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to what you can eat.
Foods You Can Eat
Whenever you get your braces tightened, there are many foods that are a little easier on your teeth. Anything that’s soft and doesn’t take much force to chew is a good choice. Fruits, dairy products, and some pastas are a great place to start. Some other examples of soft foods that are easy on braces are:
- Lunch meats
- Mashed potatoes
- Ice cream
Foods You Should Avoid
Eating the wrong foods with braces can break a bracket, bend wires, and increase your risk for cavities. As a general rule, anything chewy or crunchy should be avoided. You should also stay away from foods that often get bits and pieces stuck between your teeth. These may include:
- Gummy candy
- Corn on the cob
- Whole apples
Read More: What’s the Worst Candy for Your Braces?
Sports With Braces
You can still participate in sports and extracurricular activities. If you’re planning on playing sports, we recommend getting a mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces from collisions or damage to your appliance. If something does break, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible so we can keep your treatment on track.
Have More Questions?
Are you brand new to braces? If you want to know more about what to expect with treatment, how long it will take, or something else, give us a call! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.