Braces will change your life when they come off but not so much when you’re actually wearing them. With a few little tweaks, you can go on with your day-to-day activities without interruption and make the most out of your treatment.
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What to Eat With Braces
- Pasta (spaghetti and macaroni and cheese)
- Soft shell tacos
- French fries
- Mashed potatoes
- Fish sticks
- Peanut butter
- Jello, pudding and smoothies
- Applesauce and fruit cups
- Ice cream
- Soft candy (Hershey’s bars without nuts, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, etc.)
- Popsicles and fudge bars
Considering Dr. Hawley is a huge sports fan, he’d never tell his patients to sit on the sidelines throughout their braces treatment. You can still do all of the things you love. We’ll give you a mouthguard to wear while playing to keep your mouth and braces safe.
Modern day braces are surprisingly comfy and there are very few actual orthodontic emergencies. However, the occasional mishap can arise. If that’s the case, give us a call right away and, if necessary, we’ll squeeze you in to fix the problem. In the meantime, here are a few tips and tricks for temporarily handling issues at home:
Losing a separator during treatment is pretty common. Just contact us and we’ll let you know if it needs to replaced.
If your teeth are feeling sensitive after getting your braces put on or following an adjustment, stick to soft foods and cold drinks for a day or two. You can also take over-the-counter non-aspirin pain relievers. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package. Additionally, gargling with saltwater can be soothing. Mix one tablespoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water and swish away.
If the bracket is in the back of your mouth, slide it off the wire and use nail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol to carefully clip any excess wire. If the bracket is in the front or middle of your mouth, dry it off with a piece of tissue, roll a little bit of dental wax into a ball and place it on the bracket to stop any irritation. Call us so we can let you know if it needs to be refitted or you can wait until your next appointment.
If a rogue wire starts poking into your cheek and causing discomfort, use the eraser end of a pencil or a cotton swab to try to move it out of the way. Dry the wire with a tissue and place dental wax over it to stop the poking. If it’s an unusually long piece of wire, which sometimes happens when you have a loose bracket, carefully cut it with your sterilized nail clippers. Give us a shout and we’ll get you in to see us if the poking continues.
It can take a little while for your mouth to get used to braces and lip and cheek irritation may occur. Use your saltwater gargle and place dental wax on any bothersome brackets or wires. Irritation should resolve on its own but if it doesn’t, contact us.