I just got braces. Now what?

If braces are part of your treatment plan, remember that it’s important to take care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is a critical component to a healthy smile. Be sure to continue to schedule regular dental cleanings throughout your orthodontic treatment. You can also keep a travel toothbrush with you at all times and be sure to brush after every meal. When you brush, use a proxy brush, in addition to your toothbrush, to clean those hard-to-reach areas. Remember to floss using a super-flosser to remove food that gets trapped between your teeth and brackets as well. You can also try a WaterPik or AirFlosser to help loosen food and plaque around your braces. Lastly, remember to rinse with fluoride for one minute every evening after brushing.

What can I eat with braces?

Start with soft foods right after you get your braces placed. Avoid hard breads and tough, raw vegetables, like carrots. As your teeth start to move, they are likely to feel a little tender. Soft foods will help your mouth feel back to normal faster.

What foods should I avoid?

While your braces are on, stay away from chewy, crunchy, sticky, and hard foods. A few examples include bagels, popcorn, taco shells, caramel, nuts, ice, apples, corn on the cob, and carrots.

What are some common problems and how can I fix them?

Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Then, swish and gargle the water for a few minutes. (Don’t swallow it!) If your pain doesn’t go away, you can also try pain relievers.

Loose Teeth

When you first get your braces, your teeth may feel loose. Don’t panic! This happens as your teeth change positions. They won’t be loose forever!

Loose Wires and Bands

Sometimes, your bands and wires may loosen. Contact our office so we can assess any damage. Be sure to bring any pieces that come off with you to our office.

Keeping Teeth Clean

Oral hygiene is still crucial when you have braces! Remember to brush at least three times a day and brush slowly. You can also use a nightly rinse. Be sure to keep up with your dental appointments as scheduled every six months.

Take Care of Your Appliances

If your appliances become damaged, your treatment time can increase. Take care of all your appliances and wear them as we prescribe.

Playing Sports with Braces

To protect your teeth and appliances, be sure to wear a mouthguard. Let us know if you need help finding the right one for you. If your teeth or appliances become damaged during sports, schedule an appointment immediately.