Life In Treatment


It’s not uncommon for some patients to feel minor discomfort for the first few days after they get their braces on. Teeth might even feel a little loose (after all – they’re on the move.) While many patients say it’s no big deal, some patients choose to keep some pain reliever (just like you’d take for a headache) handy for a day or two after each appointment. Tenderness usually subsides within a few days. If this isn’t the case you feel free to give us a call or make an appointment as necessary.

Helpful Tips


  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Electric and sonic toothbrushes are also acceptable.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • When you do not have access to a toothbrush, rinse with water to dislodge food from your braces and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • Have a checkup and cleaning with your dentist every 6 months.

Eating With Braces


You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment.

Truth is - you can eat most anything as long as you avoid foods that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo.  Here is a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues.

  • Foods You Can Eat With Braces

  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans

  • Foods to Avoid With Braces

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies

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