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Living With Braces

Congratulations on your new braces! You are on your way to a happier, healthier smile! Here are some topics that you may find useful as you become accustomed to living with braces.

Elastics

Elastics are rubber bands that are attached to your braces. They are designed to create the exact amount of pressure on your teeth that is needed to move them. In order for the elastics to keep a steady force, they must be worn all the time and they must be changed every day. Please Note: If you choose not to wear your elastics as prescribed, your treatment will take longer.

Here are some tips for the proper care of your elastics:
  • It is your responsibility to change the elastics every day. This is very important as the rubber will lose its elasticity rapidly, resulting in inadequate force on your teeth.
  • You may remove your elastics while brushing your teeth after meals. Then put them back on immediately.
  • Keep extra elastics with you wherever you go so that if one breaks you can replace it right away.
  • As your supply gets low, call us so that you don’t experience a gap in treatment time.
  • If you find that your elastics are breaking frequently, call us, as we may need to make an adjustment to your braces.

Eating With Braces

During orthodontic treatment, you will be asked to avoid certain types of food that may damage your braces. In general, hard, sticky, crunchy and chewy foods should not be eaten while you have braces as they have a tendency to damage them, which may lead to a longer treatment time.

Foods to Avoid:
  • Hard foods such as candy and nuts.
  • Sticky foods such as caramel and gum.
  • Chewy foods like hard rolls, bagels, and licorice.
  • Crunchy foods such as chips, popcorn and ice.
  • Large foods that you must bite into such as whole apples and carrots.
Foods to Enjoy:
  • Soft breads, tortillas, pancakes and muffins.
  • Dairy products such as milk, pudding and cheese.
  • Soft grains including pasta and rice.
  • Meat such as ground beef and shredded chicken.
  • Fish and seafood.
  • Vegetables that are soft such as mashed potatoes, beans and spinach.
  • Soft Fruits such as applesauce and bananas.
  • Sweets including ice cream, milkshakes, gelatin and cake.

We want to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable and quick as possible! Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions that you may have about living with your braces.

Pain & Soreness

How Much Pain is Normal?

It is normal for teeth to be sore after braces are placed or adjusted for 2-3 days. You may also feel irritation on the cheeks, lips and tongue lasting for 1-2 weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the braces rubbing against them.

Pain Relief

Gargling with lukewarm salt water (1 tsp. salt to 8oz of water) can help with tender teeth. You can also try over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen to relieve soreness. For irritation to the soft tissues in your mouth, we can supply you with wax to create a protective barrier on the outside of the braces.

Loose Teeth

While a bit unsettling, it is also normal for teeth to begin to feel loose. In fact, this is reassurance that your braces are doing their job! They must first loosen your teeth to move them. Don’t worry, they will not always feel loose.

Sports Mouth Guard

If you play sports, we can provide you with a special mouth guard to wear for protection during play.

When To Call

If you feel a sharp pain or a sore begins to develop on your gums, cheeks or lips, please call us. If you suspect that you have a loose or broken band, brace or wire, please call us so that we can remedy the situation as soon as possible.

Don’t worry; your teeth won’t hurt forever! If you have any questions about the duration or intensity of soreness and pain in your mouth, please give us a call!

Retainers & Appliances

The removable appliance is carefully designed to move or to hold your teeth. It is important that it is worn according to instructions and brought to each appointment.

Wear your appliance at all times, even while you are asleep. It may be removed while eating, swimming, or playing vigorous sports activities. In two or three days your speech will return to normal with the appliance in place. Avoid flipping your appliance with your tongue. This can cause damage to your teeth or breakage of your appliance.

Your new appliance may make your teeth sore for a day or two, especially after an adjustment. If you have a sore spot on your gums call our office at Lakecreek Family Dental Care and Orthodontics Phone Number(512) 331-6677 so that we can adjust the appliance.

Clean your appliance by brushing it daily with toothpaste. Denture cleaner can also be used for a more thorough cleaning. If you are wearing a bonded wire retainer behind your front teeth, be extra careful to clean the wire and the area around it. Flossing should be done every day.

Never wrap your appliance in a paper napkin or tissue and set it down on the table. You or someone else may throw it away. Don’t put it in your pocket when playing or you may break or lose it. Whenever it is not in your mouth it should be in its plastic appliance case.

Keep your appliance away from dogs or cats as they love to chew on them. Avoid storing them near any source of heat. Do not boil your retainer to sterilize it! If needed, bring it to the office and we will be happy to disinfect it for you.

An additional charge will be incurred for lost or broken appliances.

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