At Nalchajian Orthodontics, we understand that creating your new smile takes work. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the process! Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian want your orthodontic care to be comfortable and pleasant. By making a few small adjustments to your day-to-day routine, you can ensure that your new appliances create a smile that shines for years to come!
Eating with Braces
While plenty of your favorite foods and snacks can be enjoyed while you have braces, some foods can damage your appliances and need to be avoided. Take care to avoid foods that are hard, sticky, chewy, or crunchy.
Foods to Avoid with Braces
- Chewy foods – bagels, licorice, beef jerky
- Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods – caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods – nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into – corn on the cob, whole apples, carrots
Foods You Can Eat with Braces
- Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins (without nuts)
- Grains – pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry – soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood – tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables – mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits- applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats – ice cream (without nuts), milkshakes, Jell-O®, soft cake
Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances
It is normal to feel a little sore after you first get your braces. A mild saltwater solution can help relieve the pain. Simply dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water, then swish and gargle for a couple of minutes. Do not swallow the saltwater solution. An over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen, can also help relieve the pain.
Your mouth might feel different for a little while and can take up to two weeks to get used to the new appliances. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue can become irritated during this time. Wax can be applied to reduce tenderness.
Loose teeth during your treatment is normal — in fact, it is necessary for tooth movement. Once your treatment has been completed, your teeth will no longer be loose.
Loose Wires and Bands
Please contact our office if your wires and bands become loose. We will resolve this issue as soon as possible and repair your appliance if needed. If you are unable to see us right away, you can use the back of a spoon or a pencil eraser to push a loose or poking wire back into position gently. If you are experiencing any pain or irritation because of a broken wire, wax or a cotton ball soaked in water can help. Be sure to bring any piece of your appliance that may have broken or fallen off to the appointment.
Taking Care of Your Appliances
You need to know how to take care of your appliances and follow your orthodontist’s instructions, such as the use of your headgear, rubber bands, retainer, and other appliances.
Playing Sports with Braces
To prevent damage while you play sports, consider wearing a mouth guard. In the case of a sports emergency, check your mouth and appliance for any sign of damage. Contact us immediately if you notice a loose wire or bracket.
Taking Care of Your Teeth
During your orthodontic treatment, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Improper care can lead to a delay in your orthodontic treatment or even cavities and gum disease. Be sure to brush and floss and wear your appliances as directed.
Braces at Nalchajian Orthodontics
We will check in with you during your adjustment appointments to make sure that your treatment plan is on track. It is also the ideal time to ask us any questions about your orthodontic care. If you have a question for us and do not have an appointment, please give us a call at our offices in Fresno, CA, or Clovis, CA. Drs. Greg and Nicole and the rest of our team is happy to answer any questions that you may have and can work through several solutions over the phone.