Life With Braces
After getting your braces or an adjustment, try to eat soft foods for a few days. So enjoy some ice cream or mac-n-cheese! You will get used to eating a normal diet with braces in the first couple weeks. However, there are certain foods you have to avoid eating to prevent breakages and an increased treatment time.
Food to Avoid
- Sticky foods: caramel, bubble gum, jolly ranchers
- Chewy foods: gummy bears, licorice
- Hard and Crunchy foods: popcorn, hard chips or pretzels, candy, nuts
- Ice: Don’t chew on it!
- Foods that you have to bite into with your front teeth: apples, carrots, corn on the cob (you can still enjoy these foods if you cut your apples and carrots into small bites and cut your corn off of the cob first)
When you get braces put on the teeth, some soreness in your mouth and teeth is expected for up to a few days. Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen can be taken as instructed to relieve any soreness (take what helps to relieve a headache). Appliances may rub against and irritate your mouth. Your cheeks, lips, and tongue will eventually toughen up and get used to the braces. In the meantime, place a small amount of orthodontic wax (this will be given to you when appliances are placed in your mouth) over the braces or wires to make them feel smooth to your cheeks and lips.
Keep Your Teeth Clean
It is VERY important to keep your teeth and gums clean during orthodontic treatment. We will show you how to brush and floss after your braces are put on. If you don’t clean your teeth, they will get white and brown stains that will not go away after the braces come off. Patients who don’t keep their teeth clean enough may have to see their general dentist more frequently during treatment. Any adult with a history of gum disease should regularly see their dentist or periodontist during orthodontic treatment.