You’ve just begun your new life with braces, and you may be going through a slight adjustment period as you get used to your orthodontic treatment. Don’t panic – it won’t be long before you hardly even notice your braces. Once you see your beautiful new smile, the challenges you may have faced during your time with braces will seem like a distant memory.
In the meantime, we’ve created a list of some of the things our patients need to adjust to once they get braces. That way, you’ll have a better idea about what to expect and how to make the most out of it.
Eating with Braces
Who doesn’t love food? t’s no wonder many of our patients are nervous to give up some of the snacks they enjoy while wearing braces. Don’t worry though, most foods are OK and those that aren’t, we promise will be worth living without for a short time, so you can reveal a perfect smile after your brackets and wires come off.
When you first get your braces on, we strongly encourage you to avoid the following foods. Even when you’ve adjusted to your new life with braces, we hope you’ll use extra caution when venturing down these foodie roads.
Foods That Are Difficult to Eat with Braces:
Foods that are difficult to eat with braces include:
- Chewy foods like bagels that are untoasted or candies such as gummies/licorice
- Foods that may get lodged in your braces like corn on the cob and popcorn
- Sticky foods such as toffee and caramel
- Hard foods like ice and nuts
- Foods such as apples, carrots, etc. that require you to take large, hard chomps out of them
Food You Can Eat with Braces
Now for the fun part, foods you can easily eat after you get your braces on:
- All kinds of delicious dairy because it is soft
- Pastries, breads (without nuts or hard grains/seeds), crepes, pancakes, etc.
- Fruits and vegetables – just watch out for the rules above
- Sweets & treats such as cake and ice cream (use your discretion with toppings)
- Meat (dependent on chewiness) and any wide array of seafood
Expect Some Soreness
When you first get your braces, you can expect some soreness, but it will pass! Your new life with braces may not be off to the dreamy start you hoped for because you may be experiencing some gum and tooth sensitivity. However, this is totally normal and it’s certainly not permanent. After just a few days, you’ll notice the pain subsides and your braces will begin to feel barely there.
Before that time comes, we suggest gargling with warm salt water as a way to relieve your sensitivity. Do this for a couple of minutes and you should find that your mouth feels less tender. If you’re still experiencing pain after gargling, you may consider taking pain medication as long as it is advisable/approved by your doctor.
From the moment your braces go on, they’re going to begin working hard to move your teeth into the right positions to achieve your best-possible smile. If your teeth start to feel loose or ache, just know this will subside and it’s perfectly normal.
Loose Brackets, Bands and Wires
Loose wires or bands are a sign you need to visit your orthodontist. For your braces to do their job, they need to stay in good shape. If you start to notice that your wires or bands are coming loose, stick out of place or anything that seems out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to contact Foley Wilde Orthodontics and we will evaluate if any action needs to be taken to adjust your new braces.
Playing Sports & Engaging in High-Energy Activities with Braces
Foley Wilde Orthodontics has been putting braces on athletes for years, so you don’t have to be concerned about taking part in your favourite sports. Once you have your braces on and feel ready, you can play whichever sports you did before your new life with braces. However, we do recommend you consider using a mouthguard because braces are a big investment and it’s never a bad idea to take extra caution to protect them.
Your Braces Need TLC, So They Can Take Care of Your Teeth.
Above all else, the most important aspect of your new life with braces will be that you take caution to care for them as prescribed. From proper teeth brushing through to avoiding excessively risky foods and activities, Foley Wilde Orthodontics can provide you with a list of tips and tricks for adjusting to your new life with braces, so you can enjoy it almost as much as you will the results.