life with braces
Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
Eating with Braces
Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.
Foods to avoid with braces:brushing & flossing with braces
Foods you CAN eat with braces:
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
Constant wear of your elastics is essential. The teeth are normally sore for the first few days of wearing elastics, but the soreness will disappear as soon as your teeth are used to the new pressure. Tylenol, Aleve, or Motrin may be used if needed.
Forgetting to wear your elastics one day means you potentially lost the progress received from previous days. For maximum benefit, orthodontic elastics need to be worn at least 22 hours a day, unless you are instructed otherwise. Elastics need to be changed four times per day: Morning, noon, afternoon, and at night before you go to bed. If these basic instructions are followed your treatment will progress as planned and you will be on your way to a beautiful and healthy smile. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.