Life With Braces
Living with braces shouldn’t be a daily struggle, but there are some adjustments you’ll need to make in order to protect your teeth as well as the brackets and wires in your mouth. You may have heard some conflicting information from friends with braces, so refer back to this page whenever you have a question about what you should (and shouldn’t) do while wearing braces.
If you ever have a question, give our Boca Raton, FL or Coral Springs, FL orthodontist office a call at (561) 327-6775. We’re happy to help!
Watch What You Eat!
Eating with braces is often a hot topic for patients. We want to make life easier for you by preparing a clear list of what should be avoided and the foods you’re welcome to enjoy without any fear.
When wearing braces, you should refrain from eating foods that are:
- Chewy – hard breads and fruit chews
- Crunchy – potato chips, popcorn, and ice
- Sticky – caramels and taffy
- Hard – nuts and hard candy
- Bite-worthy – an apple, carrot, or corn on the cob should be cut apart before eating
Enjoy any and all of the following foods when wearing braces:
- Soft breads
- Cooked vegetables and legumes
- Soft fruits that you can easily bite and chew, like bananas
- Dessert that can be enjoyed with a spoon (and is void of nuts)
- Sugar-free gum
Maintain a Clean Smile with Braces
It is imperative that you keep your teeth clean while wearing braces! Brush and floss your teeth after every meal to remove particles from around your appliance. This will protect your teeth and ensure that when the braces come off, you have a beautiful AND healthy smile! We can help you select the appropriate cleaning products if necessary.
Remember to brush thoroughly! Carefully brush every surface of your teeth using a circular motion. You can even use the tip of your toothbrush to get in those hard-to-reach areas. When flossing, you will need to work the floss between your teeth and the appliance in order to floss your teeth at the gumline. For visual aid, please refer to our printable instructions.
How to Handle Discomfort Caused by Your Braces
It’s very common to feel discomfort during your first few weeks with life with braces. The appliance can cause irritation to the soft tissues in your mouth, and your teeth are adjusting to the pressure caused by your braces. Take a look below for some quick tips to ease the pain.
- Ask for wax! – A little bit of wax over your appliance can protect your lips and cheeks from becoming tender.
- Use a saltwater rinse – One teaspoon of salt per 8 ounces of semi-warm water swished around your mouth for a few minutes can help ease pain after having braces put on.
- Over-the-counter pain reliever – If the pain is more than you can handle, don’t be afraid to take a low dose of pain relievers.
Remember, the discomfort you feel at first will NOT last. Within a few weeks, your mouth will adjust to the new appliance, and your soft tissues will become comfortable once again. If you need anything in the meantime, just reach out to us!
Handling Emergencies While Wearing Braces
Wearing braces can cause some new sensations in your mouth. Let’s take a look at some potential problem areas and what you should do if you experience these situations. In the event of an emergency, give us a call and we are going to meet you ASAP at our Boca Raton, FL or Coral Springs, FL offices. There’s no reason for you to be uncomfortable.
- Loose Teeth – This is perfectly normal. It is simply a part of the process. Your teeth will feel loose, move into the correct position, and then go back to normal!
- Loose Wire – Let us know if something on your appliance feels loose or broken. We will want to take a look to make sure everything is still functioning. In the meantime, you can use a pencil eraser to push a loose wire back into position and cover it with wax to avoid irritation.
- Broken Appliance – If any part of your appliance is disconnected, put it in a small baggie and bring it to the office so we can repair it.
Above all, you should take very good care of your appliances. The fastest way to complete your orthodontic treatment is to comply with all our instructions for your bands, headgear, retainer, and anything else we prescribe during your treatment time.
Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports
Your braces should not deter you from playing your favorite sports! You will need to invest in a good mouthguard, but once that is purchased, you are free to run, jump, and tackle. If you’d like some help choosing the best mouthguard for your activities, just let us know!
If you do have an accident, you should check your mouth and braces for damage. If you notice that anything is loose or missing, call our office immediately. Cover broken or bent areas of your appliance with wax and rinse with saltwater as needed.
If you’re wearing braces for your orthodontic treatment, you may need to modify your eating habits a bit. You’ll also need to keep your braces clean. Below we share some tips on how to take good care of your braces.
If you have any questions, call our Boca Raton, FL or Coral Springs, FL orthodontist office at (561) 327-6775. Dr. Wohlgemuth and Dr. Rothstein are happy to be part of your life with braces.