Dr. Chapman's Guide To Wearing Braces

Congratulations! Now that you have your braces, it's important for you to know how to properly take care of them throughout your treatment.

Eating With Braces

Once treatment begins, we will review and provide you with a quick-reference guide to ‘Foods To Enjoy' and ‘Foods To Avoid (or Eat With Care)' when you wear braces.

Examples of Foods To Eat:
  • 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, meat loaf, lunch meats
  • Seafood: Tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables: Mashed potatoes, other soft cooked vegetables, steamed spinach
  • Fruits: Applesauce, bananas, apples cut into small pieces
  • Treats: Ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake without nuts
Examples of Foods To Avoid (Or Eat With Care):
  • Chewy Foods: Bagels, Licorice, Taffy, etc.
  • Crunchy Foods: Popcorn, Chips, Hard Taco Shells
  • Sticky Foods: Caramels, Gummy Candy, Toffee, etc.
  • Hard Foods: Nuts, Hard Candies, etc.
  • Foods That Require Biting Into: Ribs, Corn on the Cob, Apples, Raw Carrots, etc.
  • No biting on nails and no chewing on ice cubes, pencils or pens or other foreign objects.

Chew On This! Most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces can be avoided by following our guide. Remember, broken and damaged braces can prolong treatment.

Ouch! When Soreness Is Caused By Braces or Other Appliances
  • When you first get your braces, your mouth and teeth might feel a little tender or sore. Don't worry this is perfectly normal and we guarantee your mouth will not be sore forever!
  • To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for about one to two minutes.
If the pain persists after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever such as Advil.
  • It's not unusual for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the braces. You can place dental wax over the bracket to lessen the tenderness. If you need additional dental wax, please let us know.
Yikes! When Teeth Feel Loose
  • If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry, this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the correct position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
Whoops! If Wires & Bands Come Loose
  • If the wires or bands on your braces come loose, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance.
  • You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place.
  • If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
Don't Forget!
  • Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment.
  • our teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by Dr. Chapman.
Watch Out! Guard Your Mouth If You Play Sports
  • We have great news for athletes! You can still play sports while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouthguard that's specifically designed to comfortably fit over your braces.
  • We offer our patients a free, custom-fabricated mouthguard made from special professional-grade materials—all you have to do is ask for one!
Our sports mouthguards are tailored to fit your exact dental profile, so they provide the highest attainable level of comfort and security, unlike over-the-counter mouthguards that are made to fit many possible wearers.
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