Braces 101 ~ A Guide to Life with Braces
Posted on 08/31/2017

Braces 101 ~ A Guide to 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 foods-to-avoid-with-bracesset up, so we suggest eating soft foods during this time.  Some good examples are: 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 your diet as you progress through treatment, but be careful not to bite directly 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
  • Keep your orthodontic wax and Christmas tree toothbrushes handy

As always, we are here for you!  Our goal is to provide each and every patient with the best orthodontic experience possible.  Questions?  Ask at your next appointment or just give us a call! 316-260-6566