When you have braces, it is really important to take care of them properly. They need to last throughout your entire treatment for fast and effective results.
As a general rule of thumb, you should be careful with what you eat. Chewy, crunchy, hard, and sticky foods that can break or get stuck in your braces need to be avoided. It is also important to avoid foods that you need to bite into like corn on the cob, apples, etc.
If you are struggling with the restrictions, just remember there are plenty of other, or even modified versions of restricted foods. For example, cutting corn off the cob and slicing apples into small pieces are both totally fine. The main takeaway here is to avoid damaging your braces.
Just remember that treatment won’t be long, and it will be worth it to have a dazzling smile in no time!
When you first get braces, it is normal for your teeth to feel sore and tender while you adjust. Just remember that this is temporary. You will not feel like this for more than a few days, but if it is really bothering you, you can dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water and gargle this for several minutes, or take over-the-counter pain medications.
It is common for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to experience irritation as your mouth gets used to the braces. They just need to toughen a little bit and heal. We will give you special wax strips that you can place over any wires or brackets that are poking you.
People who wear braces are often concerned with loose teeth. They worry that they may lose their teeth, but this looseness is completely normal and not harmful at all. To get your mouth in the right position, your braces have to loosen your teeth so that they will move. Once they are in the right position, they will no longer be loose.
Although rare, your wires or bands may become loose once in a while. It is very important to call us right away when this happens so that we are able to repair your braces immediately, and you don’t lose out on treatment time.
If a piece of wire comes off, it is important to save it and bring it with you to your appointment. If you are unable to come in right away, you can try to fix it temporarily by pushing the wire back into place. If the wire is pushing against your lips or cheeks and causing irritation, you can try to place wax or a cotton ball over the end.
It is important for you to take proper care of your braces so that they can do their job. It is also important to wear them properly. If not, you may be delaying your perfect smile!
Lots of teens and adults worry about playing sports while wearing braces. Don’t worry, you are allowed to continue playing! We just recommend wearing a mouthguard to protect your mouth and braces.
If you suffer from a sports emergency, please contact us right away. Check your mouth and braces to make sure that nothing is broken, loose, or missing. You may want to rinse your mouth out with salt water to help with any discomfort you may have.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (631) 886-3141.