Fort Myers Orthodontics Life with Braces
Now that your braces are on, you need to know what to do to take care of them. Taking care of them throughout the period of treatment is important for the best results.
Eating With Your Braces
Your treatment will not take long, and soon you will be able to eat everything you want. We want to make sure you don’t damage your appliances, so during the period of treatment, you need to take special care – don’t worry, it won’t take long!
Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces
There are certain foods that you will need to avoid during your treatment. Here are some of the basic food types to avoid during your orthodontic treatment:
- Chewy foods: Avoid any food that is particularly chewy, including breads such as bagels, protein bars and other chewy foods.
- Crunchy foods: During your treatment period, avoid popcorn, chips, crunchy cookies and crackers, and all other crunchy foods and snacks.
- Sticky foods: Avoid sticky foods like gum and sticky candies.
- Hard foods: Foods that are harder, such as hard candies, nuts, brittles, pretzels, hard taco shells, and other similar foods must be avoided.
- Foods you must bite: Try to avoid foods that require you to bite down with your front teeth, such as corn on the cob, apples, hard veggies, pizza, or even burgers. Some of these foods can be eaten if cut into reasonably-sized pieces.
Good Ideas of Foods to Eat While Wearing Braces
Generally, you want to eat softer foods that are easy to chew. Some of the most popular foods to eat while wearing braces include:
- Chicken, meatballs, luncheon meat
- Pasta and noodle dishes
- Soft cheeses
- Soft crackers
- Mashed potatoes
- Steamed vegetables
- Melons and other soft fruits
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Treats such as ice cream, milkshakes, cakes, etc., without crunchy bits
Handling Soreness or Other Discomforts
Your teeth and mouse may feel sore and hurt a bit just after you get your braces, but this won’t last long. Your mouth and teeth are adjusting to the appliance or braces.
If it bothers you, try rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater to alleviate the soreness. Some patients take a mild pain reliever when needed.
If a tooth feels loose, that is normal. For the teeth to shift into the correct position, they need to loosen first. We are always available to speak with you if you have questions.
Flossing and brushing are two of the most important ways to maintain your dental health. While under treatment, you will need to continue brush and floss.
Depending upon the type of braces or aligners you have, brushing and flossing may require different modifications to be done successfully.
Brushing & Flosing with Braces
Flossing with BracesWith metal braces, we will teach you exactly how to care for them, including the procedures for flossing and brushing. You will need a floss threader when wearing certain types of braces, and we make sure you get plenty of practice in our office so you are confident before you go home!
Brushing & Flossing with Invisalign®
No extra care is needed for Invisalign. Simply remove the aligner to brush and floss as you normally would. Make sure to wear the aligners to bed, however.