Life with Braces

Getting braces means changing your smile, but it also means making other adjustments until those brackets are off. Here is what you should know about life with braces.

Eating with Braces

Braces are strong enough to move your teeth into better positions, yet they are delicate enough to easily be damaged. This means certain foods must be avoided while you are in active treatment. So, what foods are a no-go for now?

FOODS TO AVOID WITH BRACES:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Sound tough? We promise, this is not a starvation diet. There are still lots of foods you can enjoy.

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

Loose Teeth

If you notice that your teeth are a little more, well, wiggly than normal, do not panic. We know it feels like they might fall out, but despite how similar it feels to when you lost your baby teeth, your teeth are not coming out.

Because teeth are held in place by ligaments, moving them means getting those ligaments nice and limber. When they limber up, the teeth feel loose. However, once the teeth reach their proper positions, they will firm up in place—no more wiggling.

Loose Wires and Bands

Even if you aren’t particularly chatty, your mouth moves a lot during the day. And as a result, things come loose. If any piece of your appliance comes off, put it somewhere safe, call us to schedule an appointment, and bring it with you when you come in to the office.

If something is just loose, there are temporary fixes you can use. First, call us to schedule a repair. Then, try the following:

  • For a loose wire, push it into place with the back of a spoon or clip it after the last spot it is attached.
  • For a loose bracket, use dental wax to hold it in place.
  • For a poking wire, clip it and cover the end with dental wax.
  • Staying Active and Wearing Braces

    If you are active or play sports, wearing braces does not need to be a problem. If what you do has a risk of facial injury, you just need a special mouthguard. We must make this for you, as traditional options will damage your braces. Just let us know and we will fit you with the right mouthguard for you.