Got braces??   Check out these helpful tips and tricks to enjoying life with braces!

Getting braces or other orthodontic appliances is such an important life event.  But, this can also require some slight adjustments to eating and oral hygiene habits.  We've listed a few here to keep you on the right track to a new, improved, healthier smile!!

For the first 24 hours, your new braces will definitely need some TLC.  The bonding material used to hold the brackets on the teeth needs time to set up, so we suggest eating soft foods during this time.  Some good examples are: Foods to avoid

Macaroni & Cheese, Applesauce, Pudding, Yogurt, Mashed potatoes, Smoothies, and, of course, ICE CREAM!!  

Avoid biting into foods such as sandwiches, cookies, chicken, pizza, and anything hard.  (You may slowly begin adding foods back into our diet as you progress through treatment, but be careful not to bite into anything too hard.)

Since you now have brackets and wires, your teeth will begin moving and will be sensitive and sore. Keep in mind, the discomfort is normal and can last anywhere from three days to two weeks.  We suggest taking an over-the-counter pain reliever (follow directions on the label for dosage).  This can reduce the discomfort and help you through this adjustment period.  

 

A few more helpful hints: 

  • See your dentist every 6 months for regular cleaning and examination
  • Remember to brush your teeth before visiting your orthodontist and staff
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions about your treatment while you are being seen by the doctor or the assistant
  • Before leaving, check your wires to ensure nothing is poking you
  • For brushing and flossing techniques, visit our Oral Hygiene page

 

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