Life with Braces

Eating with Braces

Sure, at first it’s an adjustment to how you’re able to eat; however, we make it as easy as possible when you begin. You will receive a “starter kit” and instructions.

Foods to Avoid

  • 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

Foods You CAN Eat

  • 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 Caused by Braces and Appliances

When your braces are initially placed, you may experience some pressure and tenderness for a few hours or possibly days. If you experience some discomfort, taking Advil or Tylenol will relieve your discomfort.

The Sensation of Tenderness

If your teeth begin feeling a “little loose”, don’t worry, because this is normal: the bone must “soften” to allow movement.

Loose Wires and Bands

The wires and braces may become loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible, because we can repair your braces or fix loose archwires. Sometimes this involves placing new braces or simply trimming the archwire.

If you feel an archwire poking your cheeks, it is possible you can “temporarly fix” this at home by placing wax over the end of it. In addition, you may rinse with salt water or mouth rinses to improve any areas that might have become irritated.

Take Care of Your Braces or Appliances

Damaged braces or appliances can increase the length of treatment time, so take care of your braces or appliances. The correct movement is possible if you keep appointments and maintain the health of your teeth, gingival tissue, and bone by brushing and rinsing for a minimum of three time per day.

Playing Sports with Braces

We have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing treatment! However, we recommend wearing a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth and your braces. You can receive a mouthguard simply by requesting one when you make an appointment.

In case of a sports emergency, check your mouth and appliance immediately for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away.

Richard E. Dunn, DDS, MS (559) 625-3030
101 W. Tulare Ave
Visalia, CA 93277