One of the most important things to think about after getting braces put on is changing your eating habits so that the braces do not get broken and your teeth do not suffer. Braces are not able to withstand the pressure that is put on them when you bite into many types of foods, so continuing to eat as you normally would can cause your braces to break, possibly injuring you or impacting the effectiveness of your treatment. This doesn’t mean that you need to change everything, though; it just means that you need to make some changes to the way you eat to accommodate the braces.

Braces Diet

Eat Softer Foods

When you first get your braces on and for a few days after getting braces tightened, orthodontists recommend that you opt for soft foods. Foods like mashed potatoes, applesauce, yogurt, rice, and spinach are among the many things that can be eaten. Avoid going on an ice cream binge or leaning towards unhealthy foods that you wouldn’t normally eat just because they are soft. It is as important as ever to make sure that you still maintain a healthy diet.

Cut Foods into Pieces

After your teeth begin to adjust to braces and the tension abates, it can be tempting to dive into your favorite foods without reservation. Even after the tension has subsided, however, you still run the risk of breaking your braces or harming your teeth with certain foods. To avoid depriving yourself while keeping your teeth and braces safe, you can cut up some of your favorite foods so that you can still eat these foods without the risk. Pizza, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and meats should be cut small for best results.

Avoid Sticky and Sugary Foods

Foods and even beverages that are extremely sugary or sticky (think taffy and soda) can get stuck in braces brackets and on your teeth. The sticky residue from these foods can make it very difficult for you to clean your teeth and braces well, which may result in sugar and acid being left on your teeth.

You may wish to take the opportunity to improve your diet and begin staying away from sticky and sugary types of foods altogether. Since many types of foods that are healthy are okay to eat with braces, opting for a healthier diet may make it easier to stay away from foods that are not recommended while wearing braces.

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Summer is a great time to consider orthodontic treatment for children of school age, as summer vacation offers greater flexibility and a chance to adapt to orthodontic appliances. However, summer days are often less structured than days during the school year, so there are certain challenges that may be presented. Vacations and events that are out of the ordinary may throw patients off from their regular routine, so it is important to consider how these things will effect orthodontic treatment.

Braces in the Summer

1. Braces Care

When travelling to new places, it is easy to forget things like toothbrushes and dental floss that are pertinent to braces care. Leaving food debris, acid, and sugar on the teeth overnight or throughout the day can make the teeth much harder to clean, however. When travelling, it may be helpful to make a checklist of things to bring so that you don’t forget. Making a habit of brushing teeth first thing in the morning and after each meal may also help you to keep your routine regular so that your teeth don’t suffer.

2. Orthodontic Appointments

When travelling and attending events, it is easy to overlook orthodontic appointments. Missing appointments can prolong the amount of time that treatment takes, however. If you know that you will be out of town or very busy for a week or longer, make sure to talk to your orthodontist about the time that you will be away so that you can schedule your appointments in advance or otherwise schedule around your plans.

3. Retainer Care

When you have already had your braces removed, it is easy to let yourself slack off on your orthodontic care, especially through summer trips and travels. However, failing to wear your retainer at night or as scheduled may allow your teeth to begin moving back to their original positions, undoing all of the hard work that your braces did. Make sure that you take your retainer with you throughout your travels, maybe keeping it in a special place so that it doesn’t become damaged or get left behind.

4. Food and Beverages

Summer parties are a lot of fun, but there are often many offerings that may not be the best for patients with braces. Soda, corn on the cob, and sweet treats can get stuck between the teeth and braces, possibly causing decay or demineralization. Remember the advice that your orthodontist gave you and be sure to steer clear of foods that may negatively affect your teeth and your smile. There are plenty of tasty options that are okay with braces, so be sure to put your orthodontic care first.

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Patients generally consider any unexpected event associated with braces to be an orthodontic emergency, especially if the event or occurrence causes discomfort. If any unexpected event occurs, patients are urged to call our office and make an appointment to be seen as soon as possible. However, many orthodontic emergencies are actually somewhat minor and can be attended to by patients while waiting to be seen. These actions by the patient can help to eliminate discomfort, but the orthodontist should still be seen later for a more permanent solution.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Protruding Arch Wire

A protruding arch wire can poke the cheeks and cause pain and irritation. An orthodontist should be contacted immediately if an arch wire is protruding, but if the patient cannot be seen, there are steps that can be taken to relieve discomfort and prevent further irritation. The arch wire should be pushed back with a pencil eraser until it is flush with the tooth to stop it from touching the cheeks. If the arch wire cannot be pushed back, relief wax should be applied to the wire to reduce irritation.

Loose Ligatures

The small wires that connect the arch wires to the brackets may come loose and cause irritation. If this occurs, the ligature should be put back in place or removed using sterile tweezers. Loose ligatures often cause a domino effect, so an orthodontist should be notified immediately to properly replace the ligatures as soon as possible.

Loose or Broken Brackets

Brackets may come loose or be broken during play or while eating foods that should be avoided while wearing braces. If a bracket is not centered on the tooth, it should be slid back into place using tweezers. If the bracket has rotated on the wire and the orthodontist cannot be seen immediately, it is possible to flip the bracket back to the proper side in between two teeth, and then carefully slide the bracket into place until help can be sought.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores are very common when braces are new. An orthodontist should be notified of the sores, but actions can be taken to alleviate discomfort. Ora-Gel or another topical numbing agent can be applied to the areas of the mouth where the sores occur. Dental wax can be applied to the pieces of the braces that are causing irritation to prevent further damage. Most sores will go away as the body adjusts to the braces, but minor adjustments by the orthodontist may help to rectify some issues.

Braces can help to correct alignment and bite issues. This can effectively improve appearance and eliminate certain painful or inhibiting conditions, as well as improving dental and overall health. However, if braces are not properly cared for, it can result in tooth decay and staining. This can be frustrating for those that have spent time and money trying to attain a beautiful smile. How to Prevent Braces Problems

Braces Daily Care

Daily care such as brushing teeth and flossing become especially important when braces are involved. Braces can trap food and sugars against the teeth, which can speed the rate of plague build-up and foster decay. Those wearing braces should brush and floss after eating any food or drinking any beverage other than water in order to keep teeth clean and free of build up. This will help prevent braces problems and further complications with orthodontic treatment.

Special Equipment for Braces Care

A specialized toothbrush called an interdental toothbrush can be purchased to effectively clean behind braces. The head of the toothbrush contains a small, flexible metal rod surrounded by short bristles that is capable of moving between teeth and braces as well as the gaps between teeth. This brush can remove particles which are stuck on teeth better than flossing or brushing alone. A water pic may also help to remove plague and food particles from teeth, keeping teeth healthier while braces are worn.

Eating for Success

When braces are first installed, it is important to eat soft foods in order to reduce mouth soreness and adjust to the feel of the braces. After adjusting to the braces, it is possible to eat foods that are harder or crunchy, but it is recommended that these foods be broken up or cut into pieces. Eating corn on the cob, meat off the bone, or a whole apple may pull and damage braces, which may cause pain.

Avoid Sticky Foods and Sweets

Sticky or chewy foods such as taffy and hard candy may pull on braces and cause mouth pain. These foods may also become stuck to the teeth, and can be very difficult to remove. Both sticky foods and sweets should be avoided to prevent tooth decay and difficulties with braces care. Sucking on highly acidic foods such as lemons should also be avoided, as these may cause lasting damage to enamel.

Regularly Visit Professionals

Attending regular check-ups for dental care and orthodontic adjustments will help to ensure clean healthy teeth that are being corrected at a proper pace with braces. Dental cleanings will remove stains and plague before damage is permanently set, and dentists will often provide helpful tips to make braces care easier or more effective. Orthodontists will check braces for any loosening or damage, correct any issues, and tighten or adjust braces in order to progress correction of conditions.