Getting braces can be somewhat of an adjustment for most patients. To help you adjust to living with braces, we encourage patients to browse this page for our recommendations on living with braces. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics serve the residents of Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the surrounding areas of Florida.
What Can I Eat with Braces?
Many patients find adjusting their food choices to be the most difficult adjustment when it comes to living with braces. This because many foods like candy, popcorn, and chewing gum can damage your braces. If your braces become damaged, you might be injured from broken wires or brackets and you will also have to come in to get them repaired. This can prolong your braces treatment, which is never what a patient wants to hear! We recommend that patients avoid crunchy, hard, chewy, and sticky foods. It is also easier to eat a softer diet if your teeth are sore following your appointment. To learn more about our recommended food choices, visit our page on foods to avoid.
How Do I Brush and Floss with Braces?
Brushing and flossing are hugely important during your braces treatment. Braces easily catch food that is difficult to remove without thorough oral hygiene habits. For this reason, you will have to pay special attention to the areas around the brackets when brushing, and be sure to get in between the wires when flossing. To learn more, visit our page on oral hygiene. In addition to maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits, it’s important that you continue to receive regular check ups and cleanings with your dentist.
What if I Experience Soreness or My Braces Come Loose?
It is common for patients to experience soreness during their braces treatment. This typically occurs after getting braces put on and any check up appointments where your braces are tightened. If you are experiencing soreness, make a saltwater solution by mixing a teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of warm water. Swishing this solution around your mouth can help relieve any soreness. If this doesn’t work, you can also use a pain reliever medication. If you experience any looseness or damage to the braces, contact us immediately to schedule an appointment. We will have to repair the braces so that you can continue treatment properly. To learn more about handling damage to the braces, visit our page on emergency information.
Can I Still Play Sports with Braces?
Yes! We encourage our patients to continue being active and keep participating in their favorite activities while they have braces. However, we recommend that patients wear a mouthguard during most activities to protect their braces and their teeth from damage or injury. Mouthguards can be found at most sporting goods stores, and we also offer custom mouthguards to give patients maximum protection.
Although braces can be an adjustment, many patients are delighted at the incredible results they achieve. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics are proud to offer braces to the residents of Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the surrounding areas of Florida. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.