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Living With Braces

OK, so you just got your braces and you’re on your way to that great smile you’ve always wanted. But what’s the best way to take care of your new braces? Here’s a few “rules of engagement” to go by to make living with braces a pleasurable experience.

Eating While Wearing Braces

If some of your favorite foods have the potential of damaging your new appliances, you’ll have to put them on hold until you finish your orthodontic treament. But have no fear, you’ll be snacking on those no-no foods again when you get your braces off.

No-No Foods:

Foods that are chewy: gummy bears, licorice, bagels. Foods that are crunchy: chips, popcorn, ice Foods that are hard: hard candy, nuts Foods that are sticky: gum, caramels Foods that you bite into: apples, carrots, corn on the cob

Yes-Yes Foods:

Breads: soft bread, pancakes, soft tortillas Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt Grains: soft rice, pasta Seafood: salmon, tuna Meats: hamburger, soft chicken, lunch meats Vegetables: creamed corn, spinach, beans Fruits: bananas, applesauce, juices Desserts: smoothies, ice cream without nuts, soft cakes

Discomfort from Braces

You may notice a little soreness the day you get your braces on or when you get them adjusted. This is only temporary and perfectly normal. Rinsing with a little warm salt water can help releive the pain. You can also take a mild pain reliever if necessary. Also, it may take a week or two for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to toughen up and get used to the braces. We have comfort wax available that you van mold over the braces to lessen any irritation.

Broken or Loose Braces

If any of the wires, brackets, or bands of your braces become loose, contact our office as soon as possible so we can any necessary repairs. Sometimes you can temporarily fix the problem by using a pencil eraser to push a wire back into place. You can also put waxor a cotton ball over a poking wire to lessen the irritation.

Tooth Mobility from Braces

It is perfectly normal for your teeth to feel a little loose from your braces. Once they move into the correct positions, they will start to become more solid.

Athletic Mouthguards for Braces

We have available specially designed athletic mouthguards for our patients who play sports while wearing braces. It is important to always wear the correct mouthguard while playing sports to protect your teeth and braces. If you have a sports accident, check for any damage to you mouth or braces. If you have any loose teeth or broken braces, please contact our office immediately so we can fix the problem.

Patient Cooperation

Excessive breakage of you orthodontic appliances can make you treatment time take longer. Excellent patient cooperation is very important to getting that smile you’ve always wanted in a timely and comfortable manner. So please diligently wear the elastics, headgear or any other appliances as prescribed by Dr. Davis and you’ll be pleased with the results!

Allen G. Davis, DDS, MS

Board Certified Orthodontist

9420 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste J

San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 578-5002

© Copyright 2015, Allen G. Davis, DDS, MS, All Rights Reserved
Tap for Menu

Allen G. Davis, DDS, MS

Board Certified Orthodontist

9420 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste J

San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 578-5002

Living With Braces

OK, so you just got your braces and you’re on your way to that great smile you’ve always wanted. But what’s the best way to take care of your new braces? Here’s a few “rules of engagement” to go by to make living with braces a pleasurable experience.

Eating While Wearing Braces

If some of your favorite foods have the potential of damaging your new appliances, you’ll have to put them on hold until you finish your orthodontic treament. But have no fear, you’ll be snacking on those no-no foods again when you get your braces off.

No-No Foods:

Foods that are chewy: gummy bears, licorice, bagels. Foods that are crunchy: chips, popcorn, ice Foods that are hard: hard candy, nuts Foods that are sticky: gum, caramels Foods that you bite into: apples, carrots, corn on the cob

Yes-Yes Foods:

Breads: soft bread, pancakes, soft tortillas Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt Grains: soft rice, pasta Seafood: salmon, tuna Meats: hamburger, soft chicken, lunch meats Vegetables: creamed corn, spinach, beans Fruits: bananas, applesauce, juices Desserts: smoothies, ice cream without nuts, soft cakes

Discomfort from Braces

You may notice a little soreness the day you get your braces on or when you get them adjusted. This is only temporary and perfectly normal. Rinsing with a little warm salt water can help releive the pain. You can also take a mild pain reliever if necessary. Also, it may take a week or two for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to toughen up and get used to the braces. We have comfort wax available that you van mold over the braces to lessen any irritation.

Broken or Loose Braces

If any of the wires, brackets, or bands of your braces become loose, contact our office as soon as possible so we can any necessary repairs. Sometimes you can temporarily fix the problem by using a pencil eraser to push a wire back into place. You can also put waxor a cotton ball over a poking wire to lessen the irritation.

Tooth Mobility from Braces

It is perfectly normal for your teeth to feel a little loose from your braces. Once they move into the correct positions, they will start to become more solid.

Athletic Mouthguards for

Braces

We have available specially designed athletic mouthguards for our patients who play sports while wearing braces. It is important to always wear the correct mouthguard while playing sports to protect your teeth and braces. If you have a sports accident, check for any damage to you mouth or braces. If you have any loose teeth or broken braces, please contact our office immediately so we can fix the problem.

Patient Cooperation

Excessive breakage of you orthodontic appliances can make you treatment time take longer. Excellent patient cooperation is very important to getting that smile you’ve always wanted in a timely and comfortable manner. So please diligently wear the elastics, headgear or any other appliances as prescribed by Dr. Davis and you’ll be pleased with the results!
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Allen G. Davis, DDS, MS

Board Certified Orthodontist

9420 Mira Mesa Blvd Ste J

San Diego, CA 92126

(858) 578-5002

Living With Braces

OK, so you just got your braces and you’re on your way to that great smile you’ve always wanted. But what’s the best way to take care of your new braces? Here’s a few “rules of engagement” to go by to make living with braces a pleasurable experience.

Eating While Wearing Braces

If some of your favorite foods have the potential of damaging your new appliances, you’ll have to put them on hold until you finish your orthodontic treament. But have no fear, you’ll be snacking on those no-no foods again when you get your braces off.

No-No Foods:

Foods that are chewy: gummy bears, licorice, bagels. Foods that are crunchy: chips, popcorn, ice Foods that are hard: hard candy, nuts Foods that are sticky: gum, caramels Foods that you bite into: apples, carrots, corn on the cob

Yes-Yes Foods:

Breads: soft bread, pancakes, soft tortillas Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt Grains: soft rice, pasta Seafood: salmon, tuna Meats: hamburger, soft chicken, lunch meats Vegetables: creamed corn, spinach, beans Fruits: bananas, applesauce, juices Desserts: smoothies, ice cream without nuts, soft cakes

Discomfort from Braces

You may notice a little soreness the day you get your braces on or when you get them adjusted. This is only temporary and perfectly normal. Rinsing with a little warm salt water can help releive the pain. You can also take a mild pain reliever if necessary. Also, it may take a week or two for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to toughen up and get used to the braces. We have comfort wax available that you van mold over the braces to lessen any irritation.

Broken or Loose Braces

If any of the wires, brackets, or bands of your braces become loose, contact our office as soon as possible so we can any necessary repairs. Sometimes you can temporarily fix the problem by using a pencil eraser to push a wire back into place. You can also put waxor a cotton ball over a poking wire to lessen the irritation.

Tooth Mobility from Braces

It is perfectly normal for your teeth to feel a little loose from your braces. Once they move into the correct positions, they will start to become more solid.

Athletic Mouthguards for Braces

We have available specially designed athletic mouthguards for our patients who play sports while wearing braces. It is important to always wear the correct mouthguard while playing sports to protect your teeth and braces. If you have a sports accident, check for any damage to you mouth or braces. If you have any loose teeth or broken braces, please contact our office immediately so we can fix the problem.

Patient Cooperation

Excessive breakage of you orthodontic appliances can make you treatment time take longer. Excellent patient cooperation is very important to getting that smile you’ve always wanted in a timely and comfortable manner. So please diligently wear the elastics, headgear or any other appliances as prescribed by Dr. Davis and you’ll be pleased with the results!