Brushing and Flossing
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy during orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist before and during orthodontic treatment. Check out the two videos below on the proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.Contact Us
Eating with Braces
For the first day or two after getting your braces or appliances, we recommend sticking to softer foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to eat most foods again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.Meet Dr. Chadwell
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, pizza crust
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Hard foods: nuts, candy
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
Loosening of Teeth
This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can move. The teeth will firm up in their new — corrected — positions after treatment is completed.
If you play sports, it’s important you let us know. We can recommend and provide a mouthguard for you when playing contact sports.