Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It's important for you to know how to take care of your braces properly throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
Eating with Braces
Don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances. You will also need to cut up your food into small pieces and use your back teeth for chewing.
Foods to Avoid
Some foods can damage your wires and cause braces to pop off or cause cavities. Be sure to avoid the following foods while you have braces:
- Chewy foods: bagels, pizza crust
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum, gummy candy
- Hard foods: nuts, carrots
- Sugary food: candy, pop
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples
Brushing and Flossing
To keep braces and appliance clean, you will need to brush and floss. Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and floss at least once a day. For detailed instructions, check out our Brushing and Flossing page!
Protect braces by wearing a mouthguard and remove any removable appliance while playing sports.
Dealing with Discomfort
For the first few days after you get your braces, you will want stick to soft foods, and anything very cold such as eggs, soup, bananas, frozen yogurt, ice cream, and cold water. This should help with any sensitivity or soreness.
Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater.
If a bracket or band breaks but is still attached to the wire, leave it in place and put wax on it if needed for comfort. If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and bring to your next appointment at our Aurora, ON orthodontic office.
Our goal is to ensure our patients’ orthodontic journeys are as exceptional, comfortable, and efficient as possible. We make it priority to provide our patients with the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Aurora Orthodontics or ask Dr. Shojaei during your next visit!