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Life With Braces

How do you care for your braces now that you’ve received them at Rim Orthodontics? Here are some essential recommendations to help you maintain your braces during your orthodontic treatment.

What to Eat When You’re Wearing Braces

Certain foods may loosen brackets and cause archwires to fall out of the brackets, although the braces are firmly affixed to the teeth. Hard, sticky, and chewy foods should be avoided when wearing braces. We also suggest limiting your use of sugary foods and beverages, which may lead to tooth decay and discoloration.

Foods to avoid with braces:

  • 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

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • 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

If you’ve had braces for a few months, it’s easy to forget about them, which means you can neglect their proper maintenance. Brackets that are broken or loose might cause discomfort and delay your treatment results. The easiest way to avoid treatment delays is to keep this in mind and make the greatest eating choices.

Keeping Your Braces and Teeth in the Best Condition Possible

While brushing and flossing are vital regardless of whether or not you have braces or not, they become more important when you have braces. Brushing and flossing your teeth should be done gently to prevent damage to the brackets and wires.

Plaque, which may lead to a host of other dental issues, forms as a result of food being caught in the many small crevices created by braces. Brushing your teeth after every meal (including snacks) is critical, as is rinsing with mouthwash and flossing at least once daily. After brushing, be careful to check your teeth and gums to ensure that all plaque and food particles have been removed. The region immediately next to the gums is often overlooked during brushing and requires extra attention. When it comes to your dental health, this may seem like a lot of work, but ignoring it may lead to a host of major issues, including tooth decay, gum disease, and the need to wear braces for a longer period.

Managing Discomfort

Some discomfort and soreness are to be anticipated throughout the teeth-moving procedure. After your braces are put on for the first time, you can anticipate some discomfort for three to four days. At subsequent appointments with our Redwood City orthodontist office, we may have to adjust or activate your archwires. A few days after the visit, you may notice some aches and pains. Over-the-counter analgesics are effective for the majority of patients.

Loose Teeth

Moving teeth through bone is an important part of orthodontic treatment. In order to facilitate tooth mobility, bone remodeling (adding and removing bone) is required. During the active phase of bone remodeling, teeth might become loose. This is a common occurrence in orthodontic treatment.

Taking part in a sport

You should use a mouthguard if you play sports to keep your teeth and braces safe from damage. If you need assistance in locating the ideal mouthguard, please contact Dr. Rim or a member of our staff.

If you suffer an injury while participating in sports, be careful to examine your mouth and braces very away. You should call our Redwood City office as soon as you discover any loose teeth or damage to your braces. Applying wax or washing your mouth with warm saltwater will momentarily alleviate the pain.

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