Wonder What Foods You Can Eat?
To start, for the first day or so, stick to soft foods and avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. The good news is, in a few days, you’ll be able to bite into many of the foods you love again. (phew!) Moving forward through treatment, you will still need to protect your orthodontic appliances anytime you eat. Here are some handy dandy guidelines on what foods will help you best take care of your new mouth gear.
Snacks to Steer Clear of:
✧ Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
✧ Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
✧ Sticky foods: caramels, gum
✧ Hard foods: nuts, candy
✧ Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
✧ Chewing on hard things: pens, pencils, and fingernails can damage the braces which can lengthen treatment.
Tricks of the Trade
We know braces present some new discoveries and challenges, most of which are easy to handle with a few tips.
After getting your braces on, you may feel some soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be sensitive when biting into food for the first few days. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or other over the counter pain reducers will help ease any discomfort. You can also use the supplied wax to create a barrier between your braces and your lips to avoid any irritation.
Loosening of teeth:
Loose teeth are normal and expected throughout treatment because they must loosen to shift into your perfect smile. Once they are in their new position, they will strengthen.
Loose Wire or Bracket:
Occasionally, a wire or bracket will come loose. While this can be irritating, it is nothing to lose sleep over. If a loose wire starts to irritate your lips or cheeks, use wax or wet cotton on the end of the wire to reduce discomfort. If irritation continues or a bracket comes loose, please call our office at your convenience and we would be happy to set you up an appointment.
For the best results, you may be asked to help with tooth movement by stretching rubber bands between braces or by wearing other appliances. Consistent use of these additional devices will give us your best possible smile - not wearing them may lengthen treatment time and compromise results.
If you play sports, please let us know! After we high five you and hear all about it, a protective mouthguard can be provided to protect your teeth in the next big game.