Teeth Braces: Care and Concerns

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Did you or your child just get teeth braces?

They may seem uncomfortable at first but you will soon adapt to them.

Are you concerned about what you can eat with it and how you will brush with it?

Well, you don’t have to worry anymore as this article covers all the care you need to take with your dental braces.

Keep reading to know what to avoid eating, how to floss with them and prevent injuries while wearing them.

eating cherry with teeth braces

Food Items That You Can Eat With Teeth Braces

Now that you have a mouth full of metal brackets and wires, you need to be careful while eating and drinking.

Eating certain foods can damage your dental braces. 

Moreover, your gums may feel sore as soon as you get them.

Therefore, initially, you have to eat soft foods.

This will help soothe the soreness as well as the sensitivity of your teeth.

You can eat bread, like muffins and pancakes.

Eating dairy products like yogurt, soft cheese, drinking milk and pudding is not a problem either.

When it comes to meat, make sure it is soft to chew. Meatballs and soft cooked chicken are easy on the teeth.

Moreover, the same goes for seafood. Tuna or crab cakes are soft to chew so they pose no problem.

Regarding grains, you can eat soft rice and pasta.

Though, you will have to be a little careful with fruits and vegetables.

You can eat boiled vegetables and initially eat soft ones like mashed potatoes and spinach.

You will have to compromise on the variety of fruits you usually eat.

However, eating bananas, fruit juices and other soft fruits is not an issue.

Furthermore, you should avoid eating ice cream when you get braces as you will have sensitive teeth.

Though, you can eat it after a while. So can you eat soft cakes and drink milkshakes.

Though, whenever you are drinking sugary drinks, remember to use a straw instead to limit contact with your teeth.

So in summary, you can eat:

  • Soft grains
  • Soft bread
  • Lean meat
  • Seafood
  • Cooked or boiled vegetables
  • Dairy products
  • Soft fruits

woman biting into an apple

Food Items That You Should Avoid

As soon as you get new braces, you will have sore gums and sensitive teeth.

During this time, avoid eating food that can increase your sensitivity.

For instance, hot drinks like coffee or tea are not ideal to drink at this time.

Similarly, cold foods like ice cream aren’t great either.

Therefore, you should be wary of what you eat or drink in the first three to seven days.

Though, there are certain food items that you should avoid throughout your time with braces.

You will most probably wear braces for one to two years.

During this time, certain food items can cause damage to brackets and wires.

Moreover, they can also hurt your teeth, gums, lips and inside of the cheek.

Therefore, you will have to be mindful to avoid them completely.

These include:

Crunchy and Hard Foods 

Hard crunchy food items such as popcorn, crisps, nuts and hard candy, hard bread and chewing on ice all exert pressure on your teeth.

This pressure can cause your teeth to hurt and the metal wires or brackets to fall out of place.

Furthermore, popcorn and crisps can get stuck in your teeth within the brackets, making them hard to remove.

Foods That You Bite Into Using Your Front Teeth 

There are certain fruits and vegetables that we first dig our front teeth in.

Examples include apples, corn on the cob and carrots.

This can put pressure on your front teeth.

Hence, avoid biting into these food items directly.

Rather, eat them by cutting them into small pieces so that you do not have to dig your teeth in them.

Chewy and Sticky Foods

It is a no-brainer that you should avoid chewy toffees and sticky chewing gum.

While sugar-free chewing gum may be good for your oral health, it is not ideal to chew it with braces.

These chewy items can get stuck in between your brackets and wires.

They will not only make you uncomfortable but it is also pretty hard to remove them.

This can further accumulate plaque on your teeth if you are unable to clean them properly.

Hence, caramel candies and eclairs can wait until you take off your braces.

Avoid sticky foods to maintain good dental health.

avoid eating chocolate with teeth braces

Sugary Foods 

Your daily sugar intake should reduce.

After all, eating and drinking sugary items will allow the bacteria in your saliva to feed on them.

This will release acids which can further erode your enamel and cause it to stain.

It can also lead to gum disease if you do not get rid of the plaque timely.

Hence, limit carbonated drinks such as sodas and energy drinks.

Also eat fewer chocolates, donuts and candies.

If you do, remember to brush your teeth afterward.

This brings us to…

woman brushing with teeth braces

Brushing and Flossing

You already know that brushing and flossing are essential for oral care.

However, it is a task with your braces on.

You may miss out a few places and your teeth can hurt and bleed if you vigorously brush.

Therefore, be gentle on them and use a soft toothbrush.

If your dentist uses any removable orthodontic appliances like colored elastics and rubber bands, it is a good idea to remove them first.

Plaque and debris can accumulate along the wires.

Hence, take your time brushing above and below it at a 45-degree angle.

Do not miss the pins!

Moreover, use fluoride toothpaste to brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes.

Clean the inner surfaces of each tooth individually.

Start below the gum line and clean the outer and inner parts of all of them.

Though an electric toothbrush and even manual ones do a good job in cleaning, they cannot reach between your teeth.

Hence, you should definitely floss once a day.

flossing between teeth

Use dental floss to clean the debris and plaque between your teeth.

It can be hard to use the threader with your braces, therefore, you can use an alternative.

A Water Flosser!

A water flosser is good for reaching areas that both brushing and flossing miss.

While traditional floss is still better, a Waterpik helps in reaching between the brackets and wires.

Hence, you do not have to worry about food debris being stuck when the water pressure removes it.

You will require some time to get used to it but once you do, it can become a part of your routine.

Furthermore, you can use a mouthwash to remove any other remaining food debris.

It is important to use brush and floss properly as plaque accumulation with braces can prolong the duration of your procedure.

girl visiting dentist for dental concerns

Concerns with Teeth Braces

Loose Teeth and Soreness 

These are the first signs that you feel after getting braces.

However, do not worry, they are completely normal.

Your mouth will be sore for up to 3 to 5 days.

Furthermore, the wires and brackets may hurt your lips, cheek and teeth in the beginning.

Also, your teeth will feel loose when they change position.

Solution

For sore mouth and tenderness, take ibuprofen to relieve yourself of the pain.

The wires and brackets may cause sores and blisters inside your mouth, a saltwater rinse helps in this case.

Take a tablespoon of salt and mix it in 8 ounces of slightly lukewarm water.

Rinse with it like you would with a mouthwash.

Teeth no longer feel loose when they adjust to their position.

Wires and Bands Come Loose

It is also normal for a wire or band to become loose.

That may sometimes happen if you munch on something hard and chewy.

You should avoid such circumstances but if it is finally loose then youse the back of the spoon or any other blunt instrument to push it back in place.

Otherwise, it can hurt your cheek and lips.

You can place wax or a cotton ball on the protruding wire to prevent it from hurting you.

However, it is best to consult your dentist when that happens and let them tighten the wires and bands.

girl with helmet playing sports

Sports and Recreational Activities 

Contact sports pose a risk of injury to the mouth.

It can be even more painful if you are already wearing braces.

Your teeth, cheeks and lips will hurt more than usual.

That does not mean you should not play sports or do any recreational activity.

All you should do is to wear a mouthguard with it.

This will prevent any serious injury.

woman smiling with teeth braces

Summing Up

If you have any concerns regarding your braces, make sure you visit your dentist soon.

They can solve your issue better than trying a solution on your own.

While these concerns mainly apply to traditional metal braces made of stainless steel material, ceramic braces, lingual braces, ligating braces and Damon braces can pose similar concerns and will use the same care.

However, with Invisalign, you can take them off while eating and drinking.

Still, be mindful of maintaining good oral hygiene while you wear them.

Your procedure will usually last for a year or two, however, you can also get short-term orthodontic treatment options like six month smiles.

This process allows you to correct your teeth within six months.

Anyhow, your dentist decides what is the best treatment for each individual case.

However, if you do end up getting teeth braces then it is important to take care of your oral hygiene and your diet.

This way you can ensure proper treatment and see beneficial results at the end of it.

 

 

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