Life with Braces

When you get braces, your life changes a lot. No, it won’t be unrecognizable, but there are still some significant differences. Most patients find that the hardest part of having braces is adjusting their lives to accommodate them. However, the adjustment will happen quickly, and good everything will feel natural.

It is time to go on a diet.

But not one that involves counting calories. Instead, you just need to avoid foods that can damage your braces. While this may mean certain favorite foods are off limits, there will still be plenty of great things you can eat.

Foods to avoid include:

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 — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

But there is plenty you can still enjoy. Some items you can continue eating are:

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

Soreness will happen, but it goes away quickly.

Soreness is part of having braces, but only in the days after they are placed and in the hours after each adjustment. Because they are sensitive to biting pressure at this time, you should eat soft foods—soft enough to mash with a fork. To manage the soreness, use a saltwater rinse and over-the-counter pain relievers.

Your teeth will feel loose—and this is a good thing.

Feeling your teeth become loose can be disturbing. However, this is just par for the course when you have braces. Teeth have the become loose for them to move. Once treatment is finished, a retainer will hold your teeth in place as they firm up once more.

Sports are still good with braces.

All you need to do is wear a protective mouthguard. Standard mouthguards are not good for braces, so we will create one for you. Just let us know when your braces are placed if you play sports.

Do you have other concerns about life with braces? Schedule an appointment so we can answer your questions.