Life with Braces
To avoid emergencies, loose brackets and bands and to ensure your treatment goes as planned you will want to keep the following in mind:
Foods to Avoid
- Anything with a peel, crust, pit or bone
- Foods that you would use your teeth to bite, tear and pull
- Apples, bagels, corn on the cob and meat on the bone
- Sticky and hard candies including chewing gum
- Whole nuts, ice, raw carrots and popcorn
Your teeth will be sore during chewing and may even feel loose! This is normal!
Foods to eat when your teeth are sore
Soft cooked chicken, lunch meats, sauces with ground meat, pasta, rice, mashed potatoes and smoothies
Teeth will be the most tender at the beginning of treatment. Advil and Tylenol will help if you are not allergic to these medications.
Playing some sports will require you to wear a mouth guard.
We encourage “the shock doctor” mouth guard for braces. As an alternative,
you may use boil n’ bite type mouth guard. Use straight from the package.
If you have something loose, don’t panic! Call the office, and we will advise you on what to do. However, if you are unable to call, be assured we will fix the problem and that it will not adversely effect your treatment.
If you have something sharp, wax can be used to cover. Our emergency video is also helpful to guide you to comfort.
A true emergency means you are in pain! Then please feel free to call emergency number provided through office voice mail.