Life with Braces
Your braces are going to improve your life, giving you an end result that can increase your confidence, make you healthier, and allow you to project the image you desire. But before you get that end result, you will need to make quite a few adjustments as you go through treatment. Below are some basic guidelines to living your life with braces.
Eating With Braces
For many people, this is where the biggest adjustments are made. When your braces are first placed, your options will be pretty limited. Teeth and gums are tender after the appliance is placed, so you should opt for soft, fluffy, easily mashed food for the first few days. Think pancakes, oatmeal, and soups. Absolutely nothing hard, crunchy, sticky, or tough.
Foods to Avoid
Throughout your treatment, there will be certain foods you need to avoid. It might sound challenging, but remember that you are only in treatment for so long, and you do not want to do anything that will compromise the incredible results that treatment offers.
Hard Foods: Anything that is difficult to bite into or requires you to “tear” at it with your teeth is off limits. This includes items such as pizza crust, nuts, chips, and raw carrots. Tough Meats: If it is difficult to chew or not fork tender, it is best to be avoided. This includes tough cuts of steak, beef jerky, and some sausages. Sticky Foods: These foods tend to be of the sweet variety. Licorice, gum, and caramels are good examples of these foods that you should steer clear of.
Does it hurt to have braces? Not really. You should expect your teeth and gums to feel tender and sore the first week, maybe less, after your braces have been placed. This is not a significant amount of pain and it can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. Look for those that address inflammation, such as Motrin. You can expect to experience similar soreness for a shorter amount of time with each adjustment of your appliance.
Loosening of Teeth
Every braces patient has the moment where they realize their teeth are loose and panic, thinking they are going to fall out. Do not worry; your teeth are going to be staying right where they are. Well, almost right where they are. The reason your teeth become loose is that they have to in order to move them into the final position. Once your teeth are where they need to be, they will firm up and be back to normal.
Eating With Braces
You might feel that we just took away a bunch of your favorite foods. You might even be wondering if there is anything you actually can eat. There absolutely is! Below are some of the many things you can enjoy eating while you are in treatment. Dairy-based foods, like soft cheeses, yogurt, and ice-cream Soft breads like lunch bread, tortillas, and pancakes Grains like rice, noodles, and quinoa And much, much more!
Care of Appliances Brushing
Once you have braces, you will need to learn how to care for your teeth in a different way. When you have your appliance placed, we will teach you exactly what needs to be done. If you feel like you need a refresher once you are home, we recommend you watch some YouTube videos so you have visual instruction to guide you.