Life with Braces
It’s the bomb!
The braces experience is different for every patient. Many patients go through treatment without any discomfort, but for others, there can be a little discomfort when they first get their braces on. For everyone, your time in braces can be a great time in your life as you see your new smile taking shape. Below you’ll find some information that will help you minimize your time in treatment and maximize your comfort while your braces are on. At Crescent Orthodontics, our Team is here for you when you need us- help is just a call away!
- We recommend you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Electric and sonic toothbrushes are also recommended.
- Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
- If you have eaten while away from home, use an interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
- Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day.
- We recommend that you continue your regular dental cleanings and check-ups with your dentist every 6 months during treatment- or more frequently if recommended.
Eating With Braces
You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That can be true – but only if your favorite food is hard candy :-). Truth is – you can eat most anything as long as you avoid things that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues. Feel free to print this list out and put it up on the fridge.
FOODS TO BE CAREFUL OR AVOID EATING WITH BRACES:
- Chewy foods — hard bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is better than sugary gum but still can get tangled in braces.)
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
- Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, and carrots. If you like these, make sure to cut into smaller bite-size pieces.
- Sugary, sweet drinks (like sodas) should also be avoided
FOODS YOU CAN EAT WITHOUT BEING CAREFUL:
- 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, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake