Braces Info

Braces Info

Eating with Braces

Food to Avoid with braces: For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard bread, and raw vegetables; for as long as you wear braces, you'll need to protect your braces when you eat.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice (even if you're careful)
  • Lollipops, Snickers, and other hard candies or toffees
  • Chewing Gums of any kind
  • Hard chips like Doritos, Lays, or Kurkure
  • Carrots, apples, pears, etc. should be cut into small pieces
  • Stay away from the bottom of the popcorn bag – the hard kernels are bad news
  • Meat should not be chewed off the bone – it should be cut off
  • Corn of the cob should be sliced off
  • Pizza crust, burgers, and waffles should be broken into bite-sized pieces
  • Pens, pencils, and fingernails should not be bitten as they will damage your braces
General Soreness

After getting braces on, you might have overall mouth soreness and teeth sensitivity to pressure from biting for three to five days. Because the wires we place are thermally activated, you can ease this soreness by rinsing your mouth with cool water. Use a painkiller that you would typically use for a headache or other similar symptoms if the tenderness is very bad. As the lips, cheeks, and tongue are getting accustomed to the braces' surface, they may also experience irritation for a duration of one to two weeks. Wax can be used for the braces to minimize this.

Loosening of Teeth

This is normal during the course of treatment. Remain calm. It's typical. In order to shift teeth, they must first become loose. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new, corrected positions.


It's crucial that you speak with us about taking extra safety measures if you play sports. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing contact sports. Check your mouth and braces right away in the event of any facial injury. Make an appointment right away with our clinic if your braces have been damaged or your teeth have come loose. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

Oral Hygiene Maintenance

Brushing: It's more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so your 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 stay current with their periodontal therapy during orthodontic treatment.

Cleaning All Three Tooth Surfaces: The first thing to consider when cleaning your teeth is that there are three surfaces of each tooth that need to be brushed. When brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, try to make a 45-degree angle toward the gum line between the head of your toothbrush and the tooth itself. It is especially important to make sure the area between the brace and the gum stays clean. Try to brush three teeth at a time. Make sure these teeth are completely free of food and plaque before moving to the next few. Once you're done with the outsides of the top and bottom teeth, you can move to the inside.

When brushing the inside surfaces of your teeth

Try to maintain a 45-degree angle towards the gum line as you did with the outside surfaces. Again, try to brush three teeth at a time and make sure that they are clean before moving on.

Cleaning the chewing surfaces of your teeth is straightforward.

Interdental Brushing:

Traditional toothbrushes often struggle to reach the spaces around braces and wires, where food particles and plaque can easily accumulate. This is where a small bristles, interdental brush comes in handy. The narrow and tapered design of interdental brushes allows for more effective cleaning around the brackets and wires. They can reach between the wires and around the braces to remove debris that might be challenging to address with a regular toothbrush.

Interdental brushes can help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

What if I Have an Emergency?

If you have an emergency, such as a broken bracket, loose or poking wire, or something else that is causing you discomfort, please call our office. We care about our patients and their comfort during treatment with us and will try to correct any problem you might have as quickly as possible.

Care of Your Braces:

To successfully complete your treatment plan, you’ll need to work in partnership with our office. Your teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, or other appliances as prescribed.

We look forward to working with you to complete your orthodontic treatment plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Questions, Our Expert Answers.

  • How long will I need to wear braces?

    The duration of braces treatment can vary depending on the complexity of your case. Typically, it ranges from 1 to 3 years. During your initial consultation, our orthodontic specialists will assess your specific needs and provide an estimated treatment timeline.

  • Are braces painful?

    It is common to experience some discomfort or soreness during the initial adjustment period and after routine adjustments. However, advances in technology have made modern braces more comfortable than ever before. Our team will provide tips and recommendations to manage any discomfort and ensure your treatment is as pain-free as possible.

  • Can I still play sports or musical instruments with braces?

    Yes, you can still participate in sports and play musical instruments while wearing braces. We recommend wearing a mouthguard during physical activities to protect your braces and teeth. Our team can provide guidance on the best mouthguard options for you. When it comes to playing musical instruments, there may be a brief adjustment period, but most patients adapt quickly.

  • How do I care for my braces and maintain good oral hygiene?

    Proper oral hygiene is crucial during braces treatment. We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to clean your braces and teeth effectively. It is important to brush and floss regularly, using special tools designed for braces. Additionally, we may recommend specific oral care products to help maintain your oral health throughout treatment.

  • Can I still eat my favorite foods with braces?

    While there may be some food restrictions during braces treatment, you can still enjoy most of your favorite foods. We advise avoiding sticky, hard, or chewy foods that can damage or get stuck in your braces. It is important to maintain a balanced diet and make healthy food choices to support overall oral health and treatment progress.

  • Will I need to wear a retainer after braces?

    Yes, wearing a retainer after braces is crucial to maintain the alignment of your teeth. The retention phase is essential to ensure your newly straightened teeth stay in their corrected positions. Our team will provide specific instructions on how and when to wear your retainer to preserve the results achieved during your braces treatment.

  • Can adults get braces too?

    Absolutely! Braces are not limited to children and teenagers. We offer braces treatments for adults who wish to improve their smiles and correct orthodontic issues. Our discreet options, such as clear aligners or tooth-colored braces, are particularly popular among adult patients.

  • How much do braces cost?

    The cost of braces can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the case, the type of braces chosen, and the duration of treatment. During your consultation, we will provide you with a detailed breakdown of the costs involved and discuss any payment plans or financing options that may be available.

  • Will braces interfere with my daily activities?

    Braces may require some adjustments to your daily routine, particularly when it comes to oral hygiene practices and food choices. However, with proper care and following our guidelines, you can easily incorporate braces into your daily activities without major disruptions.

  • How often will I need to visit the orthodontist during braces treatment?

    Regular visits to the orthodontist are essential for monitoring your progress and making necessary adjustments to your braces. Typically, appointments are scheduled every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on your treatment plan. Our team will work with you to accommodate your schedule and minimize any inconvenience.