Life with Braces
Congratulations on beginning your exciting journey towards your new smile! We will be with you every step of the way to make sure this is an amazing experience for you and your family. Here is what you can expect to feel immediately after getting braces and throughout your treatment. You are on your way to achieving the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve!
As with any new change, we all need time to adjust. During your first few days with braces, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).
If the pain does not go away, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. Every patient will be provided an orthodontic care kit, which will include wax that can help alleviate some of the irritation.
Loosening of Teeth
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once they are moved into their right position, they will be secured and will not feel loose anymore.
Loose Wire or Bracket
Wires and bands tend to become loose throughout treatment. If you start to experience this at any moment, please be sure to reach out to us so we get you in to see Dr. Ravneet as soon as possible and provide you with tips to help you in the meantime.
Poking wires may be experienced throughout treatment. Please call our office as soon as possible so we can take care of you and repair the appliance. You may use the wax from your orthodontic care kit to help temporarily relieve any irritation.
For broken brackets, please call our office immediately! We will arrange for a visit with Dr. Ravneet to repair the bracket for you.
Care of Appliances
Dr. Ravneet needs your cooperation to help you successfully achieve your best smile! Your teeth and jaw will only move toward their corrected positions if you follow Dr. Ravneet’s instructions and consistently wear the rubber bands or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances and lack of cooperation with treatment instructions will only lengthen the overall treatment time. We want to get you in your new smile as soon as possible, so work with us and we can help you get there!
Brushing and Flossing
Having great oral hygiene is always a good idea, but it becomes even more important while you are in your braces! To ensure a beautiful and healthy smile at the end of your treatment, please be sure to brush after every meal and floss regularly.
Attention all athletes! Don’t let your braces stand in the way of your next game. A protective mouth guard will help keep your braces safe while you are out in the field or playing on the court. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please call us right away! If you experience any traumatic pain or bleeding, it may be best to visit the emergency department of the nearest hospital.
Eating with Braces
If you are a sour candy lover like Dr. Ravneet, we have some bad news for you. You will need to temporarily adjust your diet during your treatment to help protect your orthodontic appliances. This means avoiding any food that seems tough, sticky, or crunchy. Sugary drinks and sodas should be cut out as well. Don’t worry, you’ll be snacking on candy and chips before you know it, and for the time being, soft foods like ice cream and pudding aren’t so bad… Below you’ll find a guide to help you with your food choices, but you will often need to use your best judgment.
Foods to Avoid
Chewy Foods – Bagels, Hard Rolls
Crunchy Foods – Popcorn, Ice, Chips
Sticky Foods – Caramels, Gum
Hard Foods – Nuts, Candy, Guava, Pomegranate
Foods You Have To Bit Into – Corn on the cob, Apples, Carrots
Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
FOODS YOU CAN EAT WITH BRACES
Dairy – Soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
Bread – Soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
Grains – Pasta, soft cooked rice
Meats/Poultry – Soft cooked chicken, meatballs,
Seafood – Fish, Crab
Vegetables – All cooked vegetables, mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
Fruits – All fruits cut into pieces, fruit juice
Treats – Ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, soft cake