Life with Braces
So, now you have braces. First, congratulations on starting your journey to a healthier smile. Second, get ready to make some changes. Some of these are pretty easy, while others are a little annoying. However, the end results of treatment will be worth it. So, what can you expect from life with braces?
Eating With Braces
This is usually the hardest aspect of life with braces. Due to the damage they can cause to braces, some foods must be off limits. While it is not possible to create a comprehensive list of foods to avoid, we can tell you the types of foods you should not eat and give you a few examples. Skip the following:
- Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
So, that might make you feel a bit down. To help brighten your spirit, here are foods you can eat:
- Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
When your appliance is placed and after each adjustment, expect some soreness, especially from biting pressure. The first time it could last up to five days, but each time after that, only about a day, maybe less. Using salt water rinses and sticking to mashable foods makes this easier. If needed, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
The longer you have had your permanent teeth, the more upsetting this sensation is likely to be. However, try not to feel alarmed. For your teeth to move into their corrected position, they must loosen up—or rather, the ligaments holding them in place do. Once your teeth are in their final position, retainers will be used to keep them in place as they firm up and the sensation will be gone.
If you play sports, you may worry about needing to sit on the sidelines until your braces are off. However, we are happy to tell you that is not needed. If you play contact sports, just let us know. We will create a special mouthguard for you and you will be playing again like normal.