Life with Braces

Life with Braces

Braces & Discomfort

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. To ease the soreness, we recommend a warm saltwater mouthwash, dissolving one teaspoon of salt in half a glass of warm water. A warm washcloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws. You may also take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. If your lips and cheeks become irritated while you become accustomed to your braces, you can put wax on the area of your braces that is causing the irritation.

The most important thing to remember is not to be scared of the discomfort and not to stop eating. More you eat, sooner the discomfort is going to go away.

Eating with Braces – life with braces

Foods to Avoid During Orthodontic Treatment

  • Hard foods such as pizza crust, hard rolls, rusk, matthi, biscuits, nuts, chips, and raw carrots can break, damage or knock off your wires and brackets.
  • Foods such as chips and sticky food can form a hard ball on your braces, making it hard to remove.
  • Tough meats and bones in non vegetarian food can loosen your wires and brackets.
  • Sticky foods such as gum, licorice, Sugar Daddies, Tootsie Rolls, caramels, jelly beans and Starburst can pull off the brackets as well get caught between the brackets and wires causing a gooey mess as well as tooth decay.
  • Chewing on pens and pencils as well as nail biting should be avoided because of the damage they cause.
  • Chewing ice is one of the easiest ways to damage your braces – so avoid it!

Foods You CAN Eat During Orthodontic Treatment

Don’t get discouraged! While it seems like a long list of foods you can’t eat with braces, there is an equally long list of foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Dairy – pudding, soft cheeses
  • Breads – roti, sliced lunch bread, soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins w/o nuts, biscuits
  • Grains – noodles, pasta, soft-cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry – soft-cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood – fish w/o bones, tuna, salmon, crab and crab cakes
  • Vegetables – mashed potatoes, peas, yams, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits – applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats – ice cream w/o nuts, milkshakes, smoothies, Jell-O, cake
  • Other – eggs, hot dogs, hamburgers, chili, beans and much more!

Don’t get discouraged! While it seems like a long list of foods you can’t eat with braces, there is an equally long list of foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Dairy – pudding, soft cheeses
  • Breads – roti, sliced lunch bread, soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins w/o nuts, biscuits
  • Grains – noodles, pasta, soft-cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry – soft-cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood – fish w/o bones, tuna, salmon, crab and crab cakes
  • Vegetables – mashed potatoes, peas, yams, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits – applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats – ice cream w/o nuts, milkshakes, smoothies, Jell-O, cake
  • Other – eggs, hot dogs, hamburgers, chili, beans and much more!

Playing Sports and Instruments

Good news! You will still be able to play sports or play your favorite instrument while wearing braces. If you play sports, we recommend wearing a mouth guard to protect your braces and teeth. Some musical instruments may seem a little difficult to play at first with your braces on, but you will become accustomed with practice.


Loose Wires, Bands, or Brackets

Having a wire or band become loose happens occasionally. If the wire is causing irritation, try bending the wire under the archwire with a blunt object such as the eraser end of a pencil or a spoon. In the event that the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of wet cotton or small amount of wax. If a bracket becomes loose, it may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. Please call our office for an appointment to have your braces checked and repaired. If any part of your braces comes off, please bring it with you to your appointment.


Proper Oral Hygiene

 

One critical aspect of your Life with braces is proper oral hygiene. While it is harder to brush and floss with braces, it is important because food particles can easily accumulate in your braces, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. We have found those who do not follow a thorough daily oral hygiene regimen require more visits to their dentist for teeth cleanings. We recommend that anyone going through orthodontic treatment who also has issues with gum disease should see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

For more on brushing with braces read the complete article here. BRUSHING WITH BRACES

To know more about flossing your teeth properly and keep them for a lifetime, meet Dr. Vimal Thareja MDS, at SmileMax Dentistry Dental Clinic, Rani Bagh, Pitampura.

www.smilemaxdentistry.com

2018-10-13T12:58:11+00:00

About the Author:

Dr. Vimal Thareja completed his BDS from the prestigious Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal. And then his MDS in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics from College of Dental Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. He is working as a Senior Consultant at various hospitals and private dental clinics in Delhi & NCR where he exclusively treats patients with malocclusions and dentofacial deformities. He has over 8 years of experience in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, dealing with various dental and facial aberrations. In Orthodontics, he is routinely practices Straight-wire technique, Lingual Orthodontics, Self-Ligation, Adult Orthodontics, Clear Aligners and temporary anchorage Devices. Dr. Thareja has treated hundreds of patients with irregular teeth and facial problems and given them the gift of a beautiful smile using the latest technology and his vast armamentarium of different systems of braces and devices."<yoastmark He is a Life Member of Indian Orthodontic Society for over 4 years now, also active academically. He has a teaching experience of over 4 years as Senior Faculty in a Dental College in NCR. Dr. Thareja has also published various research papers in prestigious national and international journals. Registered with the Delhi State Dental Council, Dr. Thareja also Practices full time at SmileMax Dentistry, Rani Bagh, Pitampura. He also practices general dentistry along with Orthodontics and is known for providing services in Aesthetic Dentistry, Crowns & Bridges. Gums Treatments, Root Canals, Teeth Whitening procedures, Tooth Colored Fillings, Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology.

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