We understand that it takes time to create your best smile. That’s why we want every step of your orthodontic journey to be as comfortable and pleasant as possible. At Smile Appeal Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing outstanding care every step of the way. To improve your results and ensure your treatment stays on track, please keep the following simple adjustments in mind.
Eating with Braces
While you can still eat many of your favorite foods with braces, some foods can damage your appliance. Hard, sticky, chewy, or crunchy foods need to be avoided.
Foods to Avoid with Braces
- Chewy foods – bagels, licorice, beef jerky
- 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, whole 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
Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances
It is normal for your mouth to feel a little different after you first receive your orthodontic appliances. Wax can be applied to any tender or irritated area during this time as your mouth adjusts.
You might experience a little soreness after your first get your braces or after an adjustment. This is normal. Swishing and gargling with a mild saltwater solution (one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of lukewarm water) can help relieve the pain. Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, can also help.
You might notice that your teeth are a little loose — this is necessary for tooth movement! Your teeth will no longer be loose once treatment has been completed.
Loose Wires and Bands
Contact our office if you experience any loose wires, bands, or brackets. We will see you as soon as possible to resolve the issue. In the meantime, the back of a spoon or a pencil eraser can be used to gently push the loose or poking wire back into position. Wax or a cotton ball soaked in water can help reduce pain or irritation due to a broken wire. Please bring any broken piece of your appliance with you to your appointment.
Taking Care of Your Appliances
Taking care of your appliances ensures you stay on track with your treatment plan and experience the best possible result. Please follow your orthodontist’s instructions, including the use of your headgear, rubber bands, retainer, and other appliances.
Playing Sports with Braces
Patients who play sports and have braces should consider wearing a mouthguard during play. Contact us right away if you notice a loose wire or bracket or experience a sports emergency. Check your mouth and appliance for any sign of damage.
Taking Care of Your Teeth
As always, it is important to take care of your teeth. A delay in orthodontic treatment, cavities, or gum disease can occur with improper care. Brush, floss, and wear your appliances as directed.
Braces at Smile Appeal Orthodontics
We want you to enjoy your braces experience — you are on your way to a new, healthier smile! If you have any questions at any time, please give us a call at our offices in North Oklahoma City or South Oklahoma City. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and can resolve several issues over the phone.