Life with Braces
When you initially get your dental braces, your gums might be a little sore. Avoid eating foods requiring you to chew at least for the first few days. Soft foods will not irritate your gums or teeth or get stuck in the metal brackets.
When you wear braces, you need to avoid any foods that might get stuck in the metal brackets to avoid irritation as well as the development of cavities. In particular, you should avoid sticky foods, such as gum, candy, and other types of sweets. Crunchy foods, corn on the cob, and popcorn can cause problems, so you shouldn’t eat them either. If you notice a certain type of food makes your teeth and gums feel sore after you eat it, eliminate it from your diet or cut it into smaller pieces before eating it.
Typically, the discomfort that you feel only occurs during the first few days of wearing your dental braces or when you get them adjusted. To get you through this period, choose soft foods when you eat and rinse your mouth with warm, salt water several times a day. Use a solution of one teaspoon of table salt to eight ounces of water.
If minor discomfort continues, follow your Gainesville orthodontist’s instructions regarding the use of over-the-counter pain relievers. If the pain continues to persist or causes bleeding, you might want to use orthodontic wax at the irritation site to protect the soft tissues of your mouth.
Initially, you might experience the sensation that your teeth are becoming loose. This is to be expected since your braces are moving your teeth into new positions. However, your teeth will become firmly entrenched once you are finished with your braces.
Successful treatment relies on your ability to follow your instructions provided by your orthodontist in Gainesville regarding the proper care of your braces, including eating choices and oral hygiene routines.
Paying attention to the foods that you eat is the first step to keeping your braces clean. Avoid sticky foods completely to minimize the risk of getting food caught in between your teeth. You should also brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day for two minutes to remove food particles and minimize the growth of plaque.
Yes, you can continue playing sports while wearing dental braces. Simply protect your mouth by wearing a protective mouth guard to minimize the risk of soft-tissue damage.
If the damage is minimal, you can wait until your next appointment with your orthodontist in Gainesville, FL, to have it repaired. Otherwise, you should call us to discuss your options. If desired, you can use orthodontic wax on the loose part to prevent irritation to your gums, cheek, or tongue.