There are some foods that need to be completely avoided when braces are on, but most foods just need to be approached a little differently. For example, you would not want to bite directly into an apple with your braces on, but you could cut the apple into slices and eat it with no problem at all. The same goes for foods such as pizza and bagels.
When you leave the office with your new braces, you will likely not feel too much different, but as the day goes on you will begin to feel uncomfortable as your teeth, gums, and jaw muscles all get used to the big change. This is why we recommend that you eat a big lunch while you are still feeling up to it, and then plan on something softer for dinner. It is very common to experience discomfort at first, but you will not be sore forever!
If you are experiencing irritation on your gums and cheeks from the brackets rubbing, our recommendation is to swish around some warm salt water (just don’t swallow it…gross). We are also happy to provide you with wax to put over the edges of your brackets while your mouth is getting used to them. Of course, if you are experiencing pain that you think is over the top or lasting longer than you expected, do not hesitate to call us so we can assess the situation!
It is common for your teeth to feel a little loose at different points during treatment. Your braces have to first loosen your teeth before they can reposition them.
The bands and wires on your teeth may become loose or unattached. If this happens call our office so we can advise you on how to proceed! Most often, we will have you come in to the office for us to replace or fix the issue.
If left uncared for, loose brackets and wires can hold up your treatment or become very uncomfortable, so it is important to call us as soon as you notice something out of place!
You can still enjoy all of your athletic activities while undergoing orthodontic treatment. You should certainly wear a mouth guard when playing sports, but be sure to talk with the doctor about what kinds of mouth guards are safe to wear while in braces.