Braces Do’s and Don’ts- Your Highland Park Orthodontist
Now that you have braces, what is the best way to take care of them? It is important for you to be educated on the subject to properly take care of your braces throughout the duration of your orthodontic treatment.
Eating with Braces
Don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on your favorite chewy snacks again in no time! However, before you can begin enjoying some of the foods you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that might damage your new braces. Here is a list of some examples from your orthodontist in Highland Park, Michigan, Dr. Daniel Gross
Foods to avoid with braces:
Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
Sticky foods — caramel candy, chewing gum
Hard foods — nuts, hard candy
Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, 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
Treating Soreness Caused from Braces and Orthodontic Appliances
When you first receive your braces, you may notice that your teeth and gums feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we guarantee that your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water. Swish and gargle this in your mouth for a few minutes but do not swallow the saltwater.
If the discomfort is severe and does not go away after this, you can may try taking a pain reliever. It is not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become sore for 1 to 2 weeks as they adapt and become accustomed to the braces. Our office would also be happy to give you some wax that can be put over the braces to ease the tenderness. If you would like some wax, please call Huntington Woods Orthodontics, your trusted Highland Park Orthodontist.
If your teeth start to feel a little loose, don't worry; this is perfectly normal. Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been correctly positioned, they will cease to be loose.
Loose Wires and Bands
The wires and bands on your braces can sometimes come loose. If this happens, please contact our office as soon as possible so that we can repair them as soon as possible. If any piece of your braces comes off, be positive to save it and bring it to our office with you. As your top orthodontist in Highland Park, Michigan, Dr. Gross is dedicated to making braces a painless process.
You can also temporarily fix a loose wire by using the back of a spoon to carefully and gently move the wire back into place. If a loose wire is causing discomfort to the inside of your mouth, you can place wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the irritation.
For more information on your Orthodontist in Highland Park, Michigan, schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Gross today!
Call our office today at (248)-607-3256 to schedule a 100% free and friendly orthodontic consultation. Our office is located at:
Huntington Woods Orthodontics
26789 Woodward Ave, Suite 202
Huntington Woods, MI