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22 Truck House Road, East Wing, Suite 4
Severna Park Professional Center
Severna Park, MD 21146
1-855-862-5472

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1667 Crofton Centre, Suite 2
Crofton Medical & Professional Bldg.
Crofton, MD 21114
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3059 Solomons Island Road, Suite C
South River Crossing
Edgewater, MD 21037
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Life with Braces

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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

Don't worry; you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

Foods to avoid with braces:

  • Chewy foods - bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods - popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods - caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods - nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into - pizza crust, bagels, corn on the cob, apples, carrots, celery

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Dairy - soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads - soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins w/o 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 w/o nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

Soreness caused from braces and appliances

When you first get your braces (appliances), you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal for patients who have just gotten their braces/appliances placed or adjusted.

It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces/appliance. You may use orthodontic wax cover the braces if needed until your mouth gets use to the braces. If you need more wax, it is available in most pharmacy and grocery stores. Please call our office if you are having trouble finding wax, we can provide sample packs for you.

Some patients rave about Peroxyl or Gly-oxide dental rinses. These are available over-the-counter at pharmacies and grocery stores. Follow the instructions on the bottles. Call our office if you have any questions or concerns about these products.

Lastly, patients can take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil/Motrin (Ibuprofen) or Tylenol (Acetaminophen) after your appointments. Some patients even find it helpful to take the medicine an hour before their appointments for the first few visits. This is not typically necessary for every appointment.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth in order to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

Take Care of your Appliances

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Click here to read more about the proper care of your appliances

Playing Sports with Braces

Game, Set, Match - we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard in order to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection. We recommend the Shock Doctor mouthguard!

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and your appliance for any damage that may have occurred. If you notice any loose teeth, or if your appliance has been damaged, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort with wax or by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.

Links

Sonicare®

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Colgate®

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Trusted oral care products and expert information to keep your smile bright, beautiful and healthy.

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