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This page is designed to give you information on which foods you can eat and which you need to avoid while you’re wearing braces. Orthodontic treatment is not a punishment; you don't have to deprive yourself of everything you like. If you follow these instructions, you’ll get through the treatment quickly and with little difficulty. Every time a brace comes off or a wire breaks, treatment cannot proceed as planned and the total time increases. If that happens, notify your orthodontist so that things can be immediately corrected.
While you can eat almost anything, chewing gum is definitely not on that list. You may ask, “Why not gum? I love it. And my friends who wear braces, they all chew it.” There are legitimate reasons for denying you this treat: Chewing gum causes orthodontic wires to become more fatigued than from regular eating. If you think about how to break a piece of metal without wire cutters, you would bend the wire back and forth in the same spot. Chewing gum has that same effect on the wire. It can also break off the ligatures that help hold the wire onto the braces, or cause the wire in the back to come off the braces. When that happens, teeth can move in the wrong direction and treatment can end up taking longer to complete.
While most foods are fine, it’s how they’re eaten that you’ll need to pay attention to in order to avoid problems with your braces:
Certain musical instruments have mouthpieces that come into contact with the teeth. Bring us the mouthpiece so we can see how it can affect your teeth or appliances.
It is equally important to protect your appliances during sports activities, with certain sports requiring you to wear a mouthguard. Swimming with your appliances is fine since the metal and plastic are not adversely affected by water, while, a sport like boxing is obviously out of the question.
Be careful to not get your appliances caught in a sweater. It's bad for your braces—and the sweater. If something breaks, please advise us, even if it happens only a few days before your visit and it doesn’t involve any pain or discomfort. We want to help you right away, and might be able to fit you in to an earlier appointment.
Your teeth may feel sore for two or three days following each appointment, especially at the beginning of treatment. This is all very normal. We suggest that you eat a diet of soft foods during that time. If the pain is too intense, you may want to take an analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil.
The wax sticks that were given to you when the braces were put in should be used only if your cheeks or lips become irritated. If this discomfort continues, please let us know so we can make the necessary adjustments.
There is usually a period of adaptation during the first seven to 10 days, with the irritation (which often feels like a burning sensation on the lips and cheeks) gradually disappearing. During this period, try to avoid using the wax and allow your cheeks and lips to become more resistant. Use the wax only if you develop a canker.
You don’t have to worry about your orthodontic treatment. And if something seems strange to you, please call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.