Life With Braces

Adjusting to Your New Braces

Your braces will be attached quickly and easily to your teeth, but a full day is necessary for the bands to affix completely. It is a good idea to wait several hours after getting braces before eating solid food. You may find it easier to eat soft foods for the first couple of days while you become accustomed to eating with your new braces.

Comfort Concerns

The braces may initially feel awkward, and the teeth may be tender or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away soon. It may feel like the braces are “sticking out,” but this sensation will soon pass. Small pieces of orthodontic wax may be used if the brackets irritate cheek tissues. The orthodontic office always has extra wax in case you run out, so call them if you need more.

Many patients will initially experience some discomfort, but the soreness will go away within the first few days or even hours of getting braces. It is impossible to predict exactly when the tenderness will end. Some patients take over-the-counter pain relievers on the first day of treatment to lessen the discomfort. To ensure the best result, take the medications before your appointment.

Eating Right

Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive but may become loose due to eating certain foods. Wires could also become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well-balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.

Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss, and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.

The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat:

Eating restricted foods may cause problems that will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately extend the length of treatment. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any questions about food choices should be directed to your orthodontist and staff.

Extra wax is available at our office for a nominal fee if you run out.