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Your braces are on. Now what? Here’s some tips how to get used to and how to best care for your new orthodontic braces throughout your entire treatment.

You can eat almost anything as long as you avoid anything that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire. Just take care to avoid foods that may damage your new braces.

Foods to AVOID

  • Ice — Avoid completely. It will destroy your braces
  • Snack chips — Doritos, hard shell tacos, Tostitos, Cheetos
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Foods you CAN eat

  • 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

When you get your braces on for the first time, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously.

If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or a pain reliever. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this and please let us know if you need some wax.

This is to be expected throughout the treatment and please don’t get worried as it is normal. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new corrected positions.

If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it as is and you can cover it with orthodontic wax if it’s irritating the inside of your mouth. If it can be removed easily, place it in a plastic envelope and bring to your next appointment.

Try to place wire back in place with sterilized tweezers or needle nose pliers. If it is not possible to put the wire in the comfortable position, clip the wire with fingernail clippers behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If uncomfortable, place wax on it.

The patient must work together with the orthodontist in order to successfully complete the treatment plan. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear, or other appliances as prescribed by Orthodontist.
We don’t want you to stop playing the games you love!. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, Please  phone us as soon as possible. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

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