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Life with braces – simple and easy!

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

 

Eating with braces

Don’t worry, you’ll be back to eating popcorn in no time! However, while you have your braces, take special care to avoid any foods that could damage them.

  • Foods to avoid with braces include chewy, crunchy, sticky or hard foods. These include popcorn, caramels, chewing gum, hard candies, licorice, bagels and nuts.
  • Foods you can easily eat with braces include soft cheese, puddings, pasta, rice, pancakes, soft cooked meats and poultry, seafood, cooked vegetables and fruits such as applesauce and bananas.

Eating with braces

Getting used to your braces

There are a few things that may feel a bit out of the ordinary when you begin your treatment, but rest assured it’s all normal.

  • Soreness When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever!
  • Pain reliefTo relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater). If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever.

Getting used to your braces

  • Loose Teeth If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
  • Loose Wires and Bands The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

Caring for your braces

Caring for your braces

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Caring for your braces

Playing sports

You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let us know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.

Playing sports

Fitting appointments into your busy life

Life happens - we get it. And adding regular orthodontic visits to an already busy schedule isn’t always easy. That’s why, at Schroeder Orthodontics, we’re excited to offer remote check-ups via our Dental Monitoring smartphone app for any of our patients in an Invisalign® treatment plan. That means you don’t have to come in to the clinic for an appointment! Snap a selfie, send us your progress pictures and get back to filling your schedule with other fun stuff!

Scheduling Appointments

Dental check-ups and cleanings

It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months, even during your orthodontic treatment, for teeth cleanings and routine dental check-ups. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.

Dental check-ups and cleanings