LIFE WITH BRACES

IS BETTER THAN EVER

Having braces is much more comfortable than it used to be, especially when you get your braces at Halabi Orthodontics. But there are a few things you should know to make your experience even better.

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THE FIRST FEW DAYS after each appointment there might be some general tenderness of your teeth and mouth. Your teeth might even feel a little loose (after all – they’re on the move). You may want to take some form of pain reliever (what you would normally take for a headache) during this time. Tenderness usually subsides within a few days.



Brushing and Flossing

  • We recommend you use a soft bristled toothbrush with a small head. Electric and sonic brushes are also a great choice.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • If you have eaten while away from home, use your proxy-brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • We recommend that you have a regular check up with your dentist every 6 months.

Eating With Braces

You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true - if your favorite food is hard candy:-). The truth is - you can eat most foods as long as you avoid things that would cause you to break a bracket, bend a wire or get caught up in the braces where you are unable to remove it. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues. Feel free to print this list out and put it up on the fridge.

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 you have to bite 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, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake