Caring for Braces

Your Sudbury Orthodontist Provides Helpful Tips and Info

Dr. David D'Aloisio and the rest of our orthodontic team at Sudbury Orthodontics want to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is as efficient and effective as possible. One of the fastest ways to derail treatment is by not taking proper care of your braces. Braces, while strong, are still susceptible to damage. Damaged braces don't function properly, which can cause delays in the orthodontic treatment process. Read below for some helpful tips and advice on how you can take care of your braces to ensure fast, optimal results.

Tips for Eating with Braces

Your first few days in braces can be slightly uncomfortable and may be painful, as your teeth and gums adjust to them. We recommend a soft diet for all of our patients the first few days after your braces are placed on your teeth. After that first week, you should be able to enjoy many of the foods you love, with a few exceptions, which we will discuss later. As a general rule, it's best to avoid hard foods, sticky foods and foods with excess sugar. Hard foods can break or damage your wires or brackets, which will need repaired. Sticky foods can become caught on wires and brackets. Foods with excess sugar can increase your risk for tooth decay, as the sugars can become trapped on your brackets. Further, bad habits like nail biting, pencil / pen / straw chewing should be avoided, as these can also damage brackets and wires.

purple candy wrapper with metallic starsExamples of Sticky Foods to Avoid

Sticky foods are one of the most important foods to avoid, as they can really become entangled in your braces wires and brackets. Here are some examples of what you should avoid:

  • Gum (even sugar free)
  • Licorice and Twizzlers
  • Sugar Daddies, Gummy Bears, Sour Patch Kids
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rools
  • Caramels, Cow Tails
  • Starburst

green apple with a green leafExamples of Hard Foods to Avoid

Similarly, hard candy and food should be avoided. Here are some examples:

  • Ice
  • Nuts – Cashews, Peanuts, Walnuts, etc.
  • Hard Taco Shells and Tortilla Chips
  • French Bread, Pizza Crust, Hard Crusted Rolls
  • Corn On The Cobb
  • Whole Apples and Carrots. If cut into tiny pieces, these are ok.
  • Bagels
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pop Corn

ice-creamMinimize Sugary Foods and Drinks

Sugary foods can cause plaque and bacteria to build up on teeth around brackets. The good news is, you don't have to eliminate sugary foods and drinks. Consume them in moderation and always brush your teeth thoroughly after consuming sugary foods and drinks. Here are some examples of food and drinks you can have, but in moderation:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies – soft
  • Pie
  • Soda
  • Sweetened Tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid

What Happens if My Tooth Feels Loose?

Don't worry if your teeth feel loose at times. This is completely normal and a good indication that your treatment is working as your teeth move into their desired positions. Once your teeth reach their desired positions, this feeling will subside.

Maintaining Your Braces

Beyond watching the food and drink you consume, it is important to take good care of your braces from a hygienic perspective. Brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal, making sure to concentrate on the areas around your brackets and wires to remove any food debris.

You will be visiting our office regularly for check-ups during your treatment for minor adjustments and to ensure treatment is moving along as desired. However, if at any time during your treatment you notice loose brackets or wires, contact us immediately to make an appointment to have your braces fixed. You will also be instructed to wear elastics during your treatment. Make sure you follow all the prescribed time frames, as neglecting to do so will only prolong treatment.

Contact Sudbury Orthodontics Today

If you have any further questions about braces, caring for your braces or have an emergency, contact us. Our staff is always here to help our patients. Also, if you are thinking about orthodontic treatment, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation appointment!

Sudbury Orthodontics

  • Sudbury Location - 250 Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury, ON P3C 5K5 Phone: 705-671-6261
  • Parry Sound Location - 5 Bowes St., Parry Sound, ON P2A 2K7 Phone: 705-746-9311
  • Espanola Location - 91 Tudhope Street, Espanola, ON P5E 1S6 Phone: 705-869-0880

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