When you begin wearing braces, you will need to make adjustments to parts of your daily life and learn how to properly care for your appliances. Drs. Wiltshire, Brassington, and Bibona have provided the following information to help you adjust to life with braces. For more information, and to schedule your appointment with our experienced orthodontists in Richmond, Virginia, please contact Richmond Orthodontics at 804-740-7281.

Food Braces

Be attentive to what you eat while wearing braces. Certain types of foods should be avoided, as they can become lodged between the wires of your braces, and in some cases can even damage or pull off your brackets!

Foods that you should avoid include:

  • Chewy foods – such as bagels and licorice
  • Crunchy foods – such as popcorn, ice, and chips
  • Sticky foods – such as caramel and chewing gum
  • Hard foods – such as nuts and hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into – such as corn on the cob, raw carrots, and uncut apples

There are, however, many foods that you can still enjoy while wearing braces. These include:

  • Dairy – such as soft cheese, pudding, and milk-based drinks
  • Soft breads – such as soft tortillas, pancakes, and muffins without nuts
  • Grains – such as pasta and soft-cooked rice
  • Meats/Poultry – such as soft-cooked chicken, lunch meats, and meatballs
  • Seafood – such as tuna salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables – such as mashed potatoes, steam spinach, and beans
  • Fruits – such as applesauce, bananas, and fruit juice
  • Treats – such as ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, soft cake, and Jell-O

Remember, your braces treatment will not last forever. If you have to modify your diet because of your orthodontic treatment, it will be temporary. You will be able to enjoy all your favorite foods again as soon as your treatment has been completed.

Loose Teeth

Your teeth may begin to feel a little loose as your treatment progresses. Don’t worry! This is normal. In order to be moved into their proper positions, your teeth will need to be loosened a little bit. After they have been correctly positioned in your mouth, they will no longer be loose.

Loose Wires & Bands

The wires and bands of your braces may become loose during your treatment. If this occurs, please contact [practice_name] as soon as possible so that we can repair and readjust your braces. If part of your appliance breaks off, save it and bring it with you to your appointment.If you cannot meet with our orthodontists immediately, there are a few temporary fixes you can try. The back of a spoon or a pencil eraser may be used to carefully push your wire back into place. If the wire is irritating your cheeks, gums, or other soft tissue, you can place dental wax or a wet cotton ball over it.

Playing Sports

Braces will not prevent you from playing sports or participating in other athletic activities. If you are wearing braces and play a sport, we strongly recommend that you be fitted for a custom sports mouth guard to protect your teeth, mouth, soft tissues, and your orthodontic appliances.

Caring for Your Appliances

If your braces or other orthodontic appliance is damaged, it will add more time to the length of your treatment. Your teeth and jaws can only achieve their correct positions and idea functions if all your appliances are working correctly. You must consistently wear rubber bands, headgear, retainers, or other appliances as directed in order to benefit from their effects. Please be sure to take care of your appliances so that they remain in good condition and do not break.

Soreness Caused by Braces & Other Appliances

Your teeth and mouth may feel sore and tender for a few days after you begin wearing braces and following your adjustments. This is normal, and the tenderness should subside within a few days.You relieve your discomfort, you can use a warm washcloth or a heating pad. You may also dissolve one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of lukewarm water, and swish and gargle with solution. If necessary, you can use a mild pain relief medication. If discomfort persists beyond a few days, or your mouth becomes severely painful, please contact our practice.If you have more questions about life with braces, and to schedule an appointment with our orthodontists, please visit or call us today.
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