Life With Metal Braces
Now that you have braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
One of the first things you'll be given is a list of dos and don'ts. Here is a list of some of the foods you should steer clear of and what foods you can eat.
Foods To Avoid
Foods that require biting into:
- Apples, corn on the cob, carrots
- Nuts hard candies
- Licorice, bagles
- Chewing gum, caramel candies
- Ice, chips, popcorn
Some Foods You Can Eat
- Mashed potatoes, beans, spinach
- Ice cream, jell-o, cake, milkshakes
- Applesauce, bananas, kiwi
- Milk, pudding, cheese
- Pasta, rice
- Soft tortillas, muffins, pancakes
- Meatballs, lunch meat, chicken
- Crab cakes, sushi, salmon
Soreness From Braces
When you first get your braces you might notice your mouth and teeth feel tender or sore. This is normal and it will not lost long. To help relieve your pain, dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water. Swish and gargle the salt water in your mouth for just a few minutes. Do not swallow the saltwater. If after rinsing the pain is still bothering try taking an over the counter pain reliever.
Your teeth might start to feel a little loose, but don’t worry because this is perfectly normal. Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the correct position. Once your teeth have been repositioned they will no longer be loose.
The bands and wires on your braces might come loose. If this happens you will need to contact our office as soon as possible so that we can repair your appliance. If any piece comes off be sure to try and 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 over the broken wire to relieve the pain.
You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. It is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliances. Let Dr. Hoggan know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.
Take Care Of Your Appliances
Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment so you will want to be sure to take care of all of your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the headgear, retainer, rubber bands, or any other appliances prescribed by Dr. Hoggan.