All About Braces | Smith Dental

All About Braces

Braces and everything you need to know!

All About Braces

For your convenience, we have put together information about braces and orthodontic treatment that you may be interested in. However, we also encourage you to ask questions during your appointments so that you get the advice you need based on your unique orthodontic treatment plan. 

What can I eat with braces?

You will need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces. For the first day or so after your braces have been applied, stick to soft foods. After that, here are some of the main foods you will want to avoid to keep your braces in tact:

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard bread, licorice, tough meats
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gummy bears, tootsie rolls
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips, raw vegetables
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots (cut into small pieces)
  • Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

General Soreness

When wires are first applied to braces, some patients feel general soreness and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. If the tenderness is severe, take ibuprofen or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

Some braces-related soreness can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater rinse. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.

The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!