Your Life with Braces
Explained by Our Corpus Christi Orthodontist
How do you take care of your braces now that you have them? It is extremely important that you know how to take care of your braces throughout your treatment. Here, we provided information about how your life will be with braces, as well as how to properly care for them.
Eating with Braces
Don’t worry about wearing braces; you will be snacking on candy and eating popcorn again in no time! However, before you can go back to enjoying some of your favorite foods, you’ll need to take special care to avoid potentially harmful foods which could damage your braces.
You should avoid:
- Foods that you need to bite into, such as carrots, apples, and corn on the cob
- Hard foods, such as hard candies and nuts
- Sticky foods, such as chewing gum and caramel candies
- Crunchy foods, such as ice, chips, and popcorn
- Chewy foods, such as licorice and bagels
You can eat the following types of food with braces:
- Soft treats, like Jell-O, milkshakes, ice cream with no nuts, and soft cake
- Fruits, like bananas, fruit juice, and applesauce
- Vegetables, like steamed spinach, beans, and mashed potatoes
- Seafood, like salmon and tuna
- Meats and poultry, like lunch meats, meatballs, and soft cooked chicken
- Grains, like soft cooked rice and pasta
- Breads, like muffins without nuts, pancakes, and soft tortillas
- Dairy, like milk-based drinks, pudding, and soft cheese
Soreness Caused by Appliances & Braces
You may notice that your mouth and teeth feel a little sore or tender when you first get your braces. This is completely normal, and we guarantee you that your mouth will not always feel sore! We recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in several ounces of warm water to relieve the pain. Once the salt has dissolved, gargle and swish the water in your mouth for a few minutes. Just make sure not to swallow the water.
You can also try taking a pain reliever if the pain does not go away after rinsing. For the first couple weeks wearing your braces, it is not uncommon for your tongue, cheeks, and lips to become slightly irritated since they are getting used to your braces. To lessen the tenderness, we can give you some wax that you can apply to the braces. Please let our orthodontist in Corpus Christi know if you require wax.
Don’t worry if your teeth start to feel a little loose; it is entirely normal! Your teeth need to first be loosened by your braces before they can start to move into their proper positions. They will no longer be loose once your teeth have repositioned.
Loose Bands & Wires
The bands and wires on your braces may become loose. Please contact us as soon as possible if this happens so we can set up an appointment and check and fix your appliance. If a piece of your appliance breaks off, make sure to save it and bring it with you to the office.
By using the eraser end of a pencil or the back end of a spoon, you can temporarily fix a loose wire by pushing it into place. Put a wet cotton ball or wax over a broken wire if it is causing irritation to your cheeks or lips. This will help relieve the pain.
Taking Care of Your Appliances
Make sure to take care of your appliances since damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process. Your jaw and teeth can only move into their proper positions if you consistently wear the retainer, headgear, rubber bands, or other appliances prescribed by your orthodontist.
Playing Sports with Braces
We have excellent news for athletes! Even while undergoing orthodontic treatment, you can still play sports! However, we highly recommend wearing a mouth guard to protect your appliances and teeth if you do play sports. If you need assistance finding the right mouth guard, let your orthodontist know, and they can help you.
If you suffer a sports-related emergency, make sure to check your appliances and teeth for any signs of damage right away. If you notice any appliance damage or loose teeth, please contact our orthodontist in Corpus Christi immediately at (361) 210-3481. By rinsing your mouth with saltwater or applying wax, you can temporarily relieve the pain.