Life with Braces
Your braces will be attached quickly and easily to your teeth, but a full day is necessary for the bands to completely affix. It is a good idea to wait several hours after getting braces before eating solid food. You may find it easier to eat soft foods for the first couple of days while you are getting accustomed to eating with your new braces. It is important to follow these simple rules to ensure you get the most out of your orthodontic treatment.
Braces may feel a little awkward at first, and teeth may be tender or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away soon. It may feel as though braces are "sticking out," but this sensation will also soon pass. Small pieces of orthodontic wax may be used if the brackets irritate cheek tissues. Dr. Youngker's orthodontic offices always have extra wax in case you run out, so call if you need more.
Many patients will experience some discomfort at first, but the soreness will go away within the first few days or even hours of getting braces. It is impossible to predict exactly when the tenderness will end. Some patients choose to take over-the-counter pain relievers the first day of treatment to lessen the discomfort. To ensure the best result, take medication before your appointment. If you have comfort concerns regarding braces, our staff will always be available to answer any questions you may have.
Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a
well-balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.
Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals. The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat:
hard or sticky candy
crisp taco shells
Eating restricted foods may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately extend the length of treatment. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific questions about food choices should be directed to Dr. Youngker and staff.