How to Care for Braces – Cleburne, TX
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Are you ready for a straight smile? Your orthodontist, Dr. Hart, will create a customized treatment plan to improve the health, beauty, and function of your teeth, but you’ll need to make a few adjustments to your daily life to accommodate the brackets and wires. Here’s how to care for your braces to ensure there aren’t any unexpected complications during your treatment.
Foods You Can Eat with Braces
You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” This applies to more than just your waistline. Your diet also influences your dental health. It’s best to maintain a balanced diet with foods that include:
- Breads and grains
- Meats and poultry
- Fruits and vegetables
Foods to Avoid with Braces
Certain foods increase the likeliness of a broken bracket or wire. Not to mention, some can be difficult to remove from your braces. It’s best to avoid:
- Chewy foods
- Crunchy foods
- Sticky foods
- Hard foods
- Foods that require biting into
Soreness from Braces
It’s normal for your mouth to be a bit sore after your braces are put on or an adjustment. Over-the-counter pain relievers can manage your discomfort. It’s also best to eat softer foods until the pain subsides. If you develop any irritation to the inside of your lips or cheeks, apply wax to the surfaces to add a protective barrier.
As your teeth move, they may feel a bit loose, but they will tighten back up after they are in their ideal positions.
You’ll need to commit more time to brushing your teeth to clean under the wires and around the brackets. You’ll also need to floss your teeth nightly. It’s best to improve your oral hygiene habits while wearing braces to prevent white spots on your teeth.
Playing Sports with Braces
You can play sports with braces; however, be sure to wear an athletic mouthguard to provide a protective barrier for your teeth, gums, oral tissues, and your braces.
You’ve probably heard a few misconceptions about braces, but don’t let that deter you from a straight smile. Here are the facts you need to know about common myths:
- Braces cannot rust.
- Yes, you can still play a musical instrument.
- If you kiss someone who has braces, they will not get locked together.
- Your braces will not set off metal detectors.
How to Care for Braces & Retainers
Wire Poking and Irritation
Use a pencil eraser or Q-tip to push the wire into a better position and apply a piece of wax to the end.
Reinsert the wire using a pair of needle-nose pliers or tweezers.
Spacer Fell Out
Take two pieces of dental floss and insert them through the spacer. Pull the floss to stretch the spacer and slide it into place.
Use tweezers to reposition the bracket.
Save the piece and contact our office.
Pain or Discomfort
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage your discomfort.
If you have any questions about life with braces, don’t hesitate to contact our office to speak with a member of our team.