You have decided to wear braces and you’re getting ready to adjust to new habits. Knowing to take care properly of your appliance during your orthodontic treatment is important: we are here for you with some of the most asked answers to your questions.
Life with braces: eating with your new orthodontic appliance.
Are you worried you won’t be able to eat your favourite food anymore? Don’t worry, you will!
You can eat alright with braces, just use some precaution. When wearing the appliance, soft and non-sticky foods are the best. These foods do not damage the device and do not cause pain to the teeth, especially in the days following the braces application or its adjustment.
Better to avoid hard candies and gums while wearing an orthodontic appliance (well, avoid them, in general, is very good for you!): during the brushing, their pieces can be very hard to remove between teeth.
Foods to avoid with braces:
- Chewy and sticky foods and crunchy foods, like popcorn.
- Hard foods such as nuts or hard candies
- Foods that require biting into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots.
Foods you CAN eat with braces:
- Everything else!
- Soft cheese, pancakes, pudding, chicken, potatoes, soft fruits, milk-based drinks, pasta, rice, meatball, fish, beans, you name it.
Life with braces: are there special techniques for eating safely?
One of the greatest risks of breaking the appliance is the way you eat your food. If the food is chewed as the appliance were not there, there is a risk of breaking the stirrups or removing them from the teeth. One way to prevent this from happening is to cut the food into small pieces. In this way, the pressure that the teeth must exercise is lower.
As soon as the appliance is applied or tightened, teeth become more sensitive.
Choosing the teeth to use while eating becomes important. Chewing with molars, which are larger and more suitable for this purpose, helps reduce the discomfort otherwise potentially experienced with incisors and canines.
Life with braces: What can I do if the appliance hurts your lips or cheeks.
Some people who wear braces experience pain in their lips, cheeks or tongue. This is due to the friction with the brackets’ metal.
In other occasions, some pointed wires may come off and sting the mouth. These are absolutely normal situations and the best way to deal with the irritated part is to apply dental wax to the brackets or wires. Wax is a very useful trick during the adaptation period or as a temporary solution until the dentist can receive you to fix the wires.
If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
These are a few questions we receive during our consultations. Of course, every patient is different and required different and personalised treatment.
We are happy to meet you for a detailed examination and to provide you with excellent care and service during your orthodontic journey!
Your Team at Syno