Life with braces is much easier than in years past. Drs. Harvey and Thomas have invested in the latest technology and techniques to get great results faster and more comfortably than ever before.
The first few days of life with braces and after wire change appointments there might be some general tenderness of your teeth and mouth. Your teeth might even feel a little loose (after all – they’re on the move).
One of the great things about the Damon System is that the brackets and wires don’t need to be “tightened”, and they are designed to move your teeth gradually into their new positions. You may want to take some form of pain reliever (what you would normally take for a headache) during this time, but the tenderness usually subsides within a few days.
Brushing & Flossing
With orthodontic appliances, including braces, toothbrushing and flossing are slightly different. On the day your appliances are placed we will spend a considerable amount of time teaching you how to brush and floss. Please ask questions about anything you don’t understand!
One of the benefits of Damon braces is that they do not require elastic rings to hold the wires in the brackets, but instead, use “doors” that snap closed over the wire. Studies have shown that this kind of bracket design is easier to clean.
Eating with Braces
You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have experienced life with braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true – if your favorite food is hard candy.
The truth is – you can eat most foods as long as you avoid things that would cause you to break a bracket, bend a wire or get caught up in the braces where you are unable to remove it.
Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues: In general, foods that are hard, sticky or chewy can be very damaging to orthodontic appliances. If your appliances are frequently broken, your treatment time may be extended.
Foods to Avoid With Braces
Chewy Foods (Bagels, Licorice)
Crunchy Foods (Popcorn, Chips, Ice)
Sticky Foods (Caramel Candies, Chewing Gum)
Hard Foods (Nuts, Hard Candies)
Foods You Have to Bite Into (Corn on the Cob, Apples, Carrots – Cut Them Into Small Pieces)