LIFE WITH BRACES

Eating with Braces

The first week of eating with braces will be challenging. Be sure to avoid foods that are hard, sticky or tough. Sticking to foods that are softer and easier to chew will help make you more comfortable during this early stage. Bananas, oatmeal, pancakes, soups, pasta, smoothies and ice cream are some of our favorite suggestions. This will get easier and more comfortable with time. Please note that certain foods have a tendency to break your braces – please avoid these and foods like them:

Hard: apples, carrots, ice, nuts, chips
Sticky: caramel, tootsie rolls, taffy
Tough: bagels, pizza crust, beef jerky

Care of High-Tech Braces

You will need to continue to keep your teeth healthy and clean with high-tech braces. This may take a little bit of extra work but will still use the same circular motion and flossing habits as always. Many patients have given us wonderful feedback on adjunctive cleaning devices such as WaterPik’s and electric toothbrushes that has made their oral hygiene even easier. Please also remember to continue to see your Primary Care Dentist for your regular 6 month cleanings and checkups while getting your smile created.

General Soreness

As your teeth start moving to the correct position with braces or Invisalign it is normal to have some soreness and feel sensitive. To help alleviate soreness, you can rinse your mouth with a warm salt-water solution or take over-the-counter Tylenol. For the first week or so, your braces may feel like they are rubbing or irritating your mouth – if so simply place some dental wax to cover the problem (wax is available at our office or any of your favorite drugstores).

Loose Bracket, Wire or Band

Accidents happen. Sometimes a tooth simply needs a different preparation for an even better bond of brace or your teeth are moving so well that the wire comes out in the back and is bothering you. If this happens, don’t worry! Just follow these guidelines:

  • “Pokey wire” (soft flexible wire has fallen out of tube/brace in back) – try and use tweezers to place back in or simply push in so comfortable and add some wax. If poking is in the very back and you can’t reach with tweezers, try and use a pencil eraser to push from back forward and often eliminates the pokey wire.
  • “Broken brace” – if a brace is loose in very back, it will often slide right off the wire (PLEASE SAVE THE BRACE) or if it’s in the front of your mouth will simply slide on the wire. Place wax on it for comfort, don’t let it ruin your Saturday night – it’s OK. Simply give us a call to schedule a special appointment to get you fixed up OR if your appointment is in a few days please call us ahead of time so we can make sure to accommodate all the time we need to get you all fixed up.
  • Please know we are always here for you. We even have an after office hours on-call pager to get in touch with your needs as soon as possible.

Loose Teeth

When we create your new amazing smile we will be moving your teeth. In the process of moving teeth they will feel “loose” as they are moving – don’t worry this is part of the natural process. Once in the right area, there will be no more activation and they will settle in their location.

Retainers

Retainers are appliances that help keep your new beautiful smile in place. Both the type of retainer and the care for them are addressed near the end of your treatment and each patient’s retention of teeth is specific to that patient. Your 1st set of retainers are always included in your treatment at Advanced Orthodontics not to mention retainer appointments to make sure your smile is staying gorgeous and healthy. Learn more about retainers in our guide here.