Life With Braces
Your braces will be attached quickly and easily to your teeth, but a full
day is necessary for the bands to completely affix. It is a good idea
to wait several hours after getting braces before eating solid food. You
may find it easier to eat soft foods for the first couple of days while
you are becoming accustomed to eating with your new braces.
The braces may feel a little awkward at first and the teeth may be tender
or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away soon.
It may feel as though the braces are "sticking out," but this
sensation will also soon pass. Small pieces of orthodontic wax may be
used if the brackets irritate cheek tissues. The orthodontic office always
has extra wax in case you run out so call them if you need more.
Many patients will experience some discomfort at first, but the soreness
will go away within the first few days or even hours of getting braces.
It is impossible to predict exactly when the tenderness will end. Some
patients choose to take over the counter pain relievers the first day
of treatment to lessen the discomfort. To ensure the best result take
the medications before your appointment.
Braces and eating habits
Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive, but may become
loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires
could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve
orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well
balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.
Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should
also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients
should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.
The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and
are examples of what NOT to eat:
- beef jerky
- hard or sticky candy
- corn chips
- crisp taco shells
- whole apples
- soft drinks
- candy bars
Eating restricted foods and lack of orthodontic appliances care may cause
problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately
extend the length of treatment. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy
these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific braces
questions about food choices should be directed to your orthodontist and staff.