Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
Eating with Braces
Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.
Foods to avoid with braces:
Foods you CAN eat with braces:
- Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.
Soreness from Braces and Appliances
When you first get braces, your teeth and mouth may feel a little sore. Don’t worry: this is normal and won’t last forever! It’s also expected that your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they become used to the braces.
Relieve the pain dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater!). If the pain doesn’t disappear after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. Please our Lewis Braces team know if you would also like wax to cover the braces to help with the tenderness.
It’s normal If your teeth begin feeling a little loose. Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
Loose Wires and Bands
Please contact us as soon as possible if the wires and bands on your braces come loose. We can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
You can try applying a temporary fix for a loose wire by using the back of a spoon or 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 or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.
Playing Sports with Braces
Athletes can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! It’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your appliance and teeth. Let Dr. Lewis know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.
In case of an emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any damage to your teeth or appliance, please contact our office right away. Temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.