Living with braces

Living with Braces

When you first get your new braces, your teeth may be slightly sensitive. This only lasts a few days, and means your braces are working. Because you have something new on your teeth, you’ll also need a few days to get used to talking and eating. Soon, though, they won’t really impact your day-to-day life.

Cleaning your teeth.

It may seem like a challenge, but once you get the hang of it, brushing and flossing with your braces will become second nature. We’ll show you how when you first get your braces.

Your brackets and wires can trap food and plaque, so you’ll want to brush in the morning, after eating, and before bed. If you forgot your toothbrush, rinse your mouth really well and then brush as soon as you can.

Eating with braces.

When you first get your braces of have just had an adjustment, your teeth may be a bit sensitive, so you may want to stick with soft foods and avoid food or drinks that are super-hot or super-cold. Otherwise, you can eat and drink what you love normally.

However, certain foods can damage your braces and make cleaning more complicated. Things you would tear into with your front teeth should be broken up into smaller pieces and chewed with your back teeth. Here are some things to avoid:

  • Hard foods, like certain chips, nuts, or hard candies. Avoid pizza crust and unpopped popcorn. Fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots are a problem, but you can eat corn if it’s off the cob.
 
  • Chewy foods like tough cuts of meat or beef jerky can damage your braces. Also avoid hard, chewy bagels and rolls.
 
  • Sweets like chewing gum, Sour Patch Kids, Starburst, and other sticky foods can get trapped in and damage your braces.

Living with Braces

When you first get your new braces, your teeth may be slightly sensitive. This only lasts a few days, and means your braces are working. Because you have something new on your teeth, you’ll also need a few days to get used to talking and eating. Soon, though, they won’t really impact your day-to-day life.

Cleaning your teeth.

It may seem like a challenge, but once you get the hang of it, brushing and flossing with your braces will become second nature. We’ll show you how when you first get your braces.

Your brackets and wires can trap food and plaque, so you’ll want to brush in the morning, after eating, and before bed. If you forgot your toothbrush, rinse your mouth really well and then brush as soon as you can.

Eating with braces.

When you first get your braces of have just had an adjustment, your teeth may be a bit sensitive, so you may want to stick with soft foods and avoid food or drinks that are super-hot or super-cold. Otherwise, you can eat and drink what you love normally.

However, certain foods can damage your braces and make cleaning more complicated. Things you would tear into with your front teeth should be broken up into smaller pieces and chewed with your back teeth. Here are some things to avoid:

  • Hard foods, like certain chips, nuts, or hard candies. Avoid pizza crust and unpopped popcorn. Fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots are a problem, but you can eat corn if it’s off the cob.
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  • Chewy foods like tough cuts of meat or beef jerky can damage your braces. Also avoid hard, chewy bagels and rolls.
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  • Sweets like chewing gum, Sour Patch Kids, Starburst, and other sticky foods can get trapped in and damage your braces.