Our dental offices in Santa Cruz and San Jose can provide you advise and assistance with regards to your dental appliance.
Eating with braces
A lot of patients are worried about “eating with braces” but you should not worry much about it. There are some restrictions that you have to be aware of, but you should know that all of these are temporary, you can come back to eating everything you want, after the treatment. What you have to keep in mind is that there are certain foods that will damage your orthodontic appliances, so if you want the treatment to progress effectively, you will need to know what is good and not good for you to eat.
Foods to avoid with braces
- Chewy foods – bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, and ice
- Sticky foods – caramel candies, and chewing gum
- Hard foods – nuts, and hard candies
- Foods that require biting into: apples, carrots, and corn on the cob
Foods you CAN eat with braces
- Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, and milk-based drinks
- Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, and 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, and beans
- Fruits – applesauce, bananas, and fruit juice
- Treats – ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, and soft cake
Soreness caused from braces and dental appliances
After your braces are installed, you will notice that your teeth and mouth will feel quite tender and sore. It is quite normal for patients who have just had their braces installed to feel some discomfort and pain, but you should understand that this is not going to be permanent. In time, you will be used to the dental appliance in your mouth, but to deal with this you can do is to gargle lukewarm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt. You can swish the solution in your mouth for a few minutes and this will help relieve you of any discomfort and pain. If you notice that the pain and discomfort is not going away after rinsing and it seems so much more severe, you can take a pain reliever.
It is also common for patients to experience chafing and irritation of the lips, cheeks and tongue. This is very common during the first few days after the dental appliances are installed, but your soft tissues will toughen and become used to the braces eventually. As an immediate solution, you will be provided with some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the pain and tenderness, so if you need some wax, please let us know.
You may begin to feel that your teeth are becoming a little loose, but you should not worry because it is normal. Your braces are supposed to loosen your teeth before it can move it, so the loosening is normal. Once your teeth have been properly repositioned, they will become stable in the place and will no longer be loose.
Loose Wires and Bands
It is normal for the wires and bands of your braces to come loose. When this happens to you, you will need to contact us as soon as possible so that we can check what has happened and we can carryout necessary measures to repair your appliance. If anything comes off, they will have to be reattached, so bring them with you to the dental office.
Most of the time, you can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of the spoon or the eraser end of the pencil. All you have to do is to carefully push the wire back into place so that it does not stick out and poke the soft tissues of the mouth. If the loose wire is causing some irritation to your lips and cheeks, you can put wax or a wet cotton ball over it to relieve you of the pain
Take Care of your Dental Appliances
When you have damaged orthodontic appliances, you can increase the length of your treatment process, so you should always make sure to take care of all the appliances in your mouth. Your treatment is only going to be successful if your teeth and jaw move into its proper place and all of these movements will only be effective if the appliances are in your mouth. Therefore, always make sure to wear the rubber bands, retainers, headgears and other appliances that are prescribed by your dentist.
Playing Sports with Braces
Game, Set, Match! If you are an athlete, you should know that you can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. You will be required to wear a mouth guard while you are playing to protect your teeth, so you have to let your dentist know about this so that the mouth guard can be fabricated for you and you can continue playing.
In case of a sports emergency, you have to immediately check your mouth and your dental appliance for any damage. If you notice any damage or experience any loosening of the teeth, you will need to contact us right away. A temporary relief can be afforded by applying wax or rinsing with warm salt water.
Brushing Your Teeth with Braces
When you have braces installed in your mouth, it is important for you to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout the treatment. Choosing the right toothpaste and dental floss is essential, so ask us how we can help you.