What Types of Food Should I Avoid With Braces?
Generally speaking, most people don't find traditional braces too restrictive one way or the other. Having said that, there ARE a few types of food that you should avoid for the duration of your treatment. This is because they could potentially harm the brackets and wires that make up your braces or, in certain extreme situations, your teeth themselves.
These include but are not limited to the following:
- Hard candies.
- Chewy foods, which would involve things like bagels, licorice, and pizza crust.
- Crunchy foods, which would be things like popcorn, chips, ice, and cereals.
- Sticky foods, which would include things like caramel candies, chewing gum and gummy candies.
- Hard foods like nuts.
- Any types of foods that require you to bite into them, with corn on the cob, apples, carrots, ribs and chicken wings being among the prominent examples.
How Long Do I Have to Wear Braces?
Typically, the average amount of time that you will be expected to wear braces will vary based on the bite and/or orthodontic issues that you have. Overall, you can expect to wear braces anywhere between 12 and 24 months - although that may be different depending on your situation.
When Is the Best Age to See An Orthodontist?
Maybe the most important thing to understand about your oral health is that it is NEVER too early to see an orthodontist. Most people have a pre-orthodontic evaluation before the age of seven, for example. But you can really do so at any age because it is still possible and even advisable to consider seeing an orthodontist and getting evaluation and treatment.
How Do I Care For My Braces?
The vast majority of all people don't find it too terribly difficult to care for their braces. You do, however, need to be mindful of a few essential things.
Chief among these is the fact that you must brush AND floss your teeth after meals - absolutely no exceptions. Be careful to brush and floss between and around the brackets, too.
In addition to brushing your teeth after eating, you should also use a mouthwash or a rinse after flossing. If you can, also use an interdental brush.
Finally, you'll want to visit your orthodontist on a regular basis. Doing so can help make sure that your treatment is proceeding along exactly as it should be. If anything needs to be corrected, it can be done so quickly - thus avoiding prolonging your treatment for any longer than it needs to be.
How Can I Ease the Pain From Braces?
The most essential thing for you to understand is that most people don't experience any pain from traditional braces at all, so if that's something you're worried about you probably shouldn't be.
Having said that, if you do experience pain, there are still some steps you can take.
For starters, try gargling with a salt-water rise if you experience mild discomfort. If things get a bit more severe than that, try over the counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil.
You can also try a dental wax to smoothen the brackets of your braces, thus relieving the lion's share of the discomfort you're experiencing.
However, you're probably not going to experience any type of pain or discomfort at all - so the truth is this is not likely something you'll have to worry about. If you have any additional questions, you can always call your orthodontist for more information.
What types of food should I avoid?
- Hard Candy
- Chewy foods – bagels, licorice, pizza crust.
- Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice, cereals.
- Sticky foods – caramel candies, chewing gum, gummy candies
- Hard foods – nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into – corn on the cob, apples, carrots, ribs and chicken wings
How long do I have to wear braces?
- This will depend on the bite and/or orthodontic issues you have
- This can be anywhere from 12-24 months
When is the best age to see the orthodontist?
- Pre-orthodontic evaluation before the age of seven.
- At any age, it is still possible and advisable to consider seeing and getting an orthodontist evaluation and treatment.
How do I care for my braces?
- Must brush and floss in between teeth and brackets
- Brush teeth after eating
- Use a mouthwash or rinse after flossing
- Use interdental brush
- Visit orthodontist regularly
How Can I Ease Pain From Braces?
- Gargle with a salt-water rinse
- Over the counter pain medicine like Tylenol or Advil
- Dental wax to smoothen the brackets of your braces