Life with Braces

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

Eating with Braces

What can you eat? Let's talk about what you shouldn't eat! If you've been wanting to drop a few pounds, the first week wearing braces is just your chance! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods like macaroni and cheese, soup, yogurt, etc. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you'll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid

Remember... Anything hard, sticky, or chewy that is between your top and bottom teeth when you bite down can break off a brace!

  • Chewy foods - bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods - popcorn, ice, chips
  • Sticky foods - caramels, bubble gum
  • Hard foods - nuts, hard candy
  • Foods you have to bite into - corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces and your teeth!

General Soreness

The video entitled "Loose Brace" and "Wire Emergency" on the Emergency Care and Help Videos page will demonstrate these techniques.

Tooth Movement

People sometimes notice their teeth feel loose during treatment. Don't worry! It's normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new – corrected – positions. This is why retainers are important at the end of your treatment.

Brushing

It's more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment. Our video entitled "Cleaning Your Braces" will demonstrate these techniques.

Athletics

If you play sports, it's important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouth-guard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened, contact your dentist immediately to avoid potential long-term damage. If your appliances have been damaged, please call us to schedule an evaluation appointment.

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I have hated my teeth since I can remember! Finally just after my 50th birthday I can smile and be proud of my teeth! No more putting my hand over my mouth or smiling without teeth! I got my braces off today (after only 11 months worn)!!! Thank you Dr. Emerson and Thanks to your wonderful staff!!! Everyone there is wonderful. Dr. Emerson you did exactly what you said you would do and it looks better than I could have ever imagined!!! Thank you!!

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I previously worked in the dental field myself for 25 years so I'm pretty picky when it comes to doctors. Emerson Orthodontics "had me at hello"! Aside from being extremely efficient, the doctor and his (obviously well picked) staff are warm, welcoming and friendly. The exact type of office I would have enjoyed working with! Which explains why I chose them for myself and my children's orthodontic treatment!!

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