Advice from Your Orthodontics Provider
Now that Drs. Freda & Suriano, your top providers of NJ orthodontics, have provided you with your new braces, you may be wondering how to take care of them. Proper care is essential to treatment success, and should be considered a high priority.
Eating with Braces
There are some dietary items you will miss out on eating with braces, but they are usually not all that great for you anyway! Pay special care to your diet to avoid any foods that could damage your appliance:
Foods to avoid with braces:
- 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 with braces:
- 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 from Braces and Appliances
When your braces are first put on by your orthodontist, you may notice your mouth is a little more tender or sore than usual. This is perfectly normal, and we promise that it won't last forever! To help relieve the pain, try gargling a salt water solution for a few minutes to relieve the pain.
If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a mild pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal as well! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer feel like they are loose.
Loose Wires and Bands
The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact Drs. Freda & Suriano as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.
Take Care of Your Appliances
Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your Mendham NJ orthodontist.
Playing Sports with Braces
Game, Set, Match — we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.
In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.
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