Life With Braces

A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Having braces is much more comfortable than it used to be. That’s because brackets are smaller, orthodontic forces are lighter – and Dr. Vermette and his team are all about making your experience a great one. The information below provides a helpful guide and you can also click HERE to view our related YouTube video.

THE FIRST FEW DAYS after each appointment there may be some general tenderness of your teeth and mouth. Your teeth might even feel a little loose (after all – they’re on the move.) You may want to take some form of pain reliever (what you would normally take for a headache) during this time. Tenderness usually subsides within a few days. Here are some helpful tips:

  • We recommend you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head.
    Electric and sonic toothbrushes are also acceptable.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • If you have eaten while away from home, use an interdental brush to
    dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and
    to keep sugar from coating your teeth.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • We recommend that you have a check up with your dentist every 6 months.

Eating With Braces

You've probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true - if your favorite food is hard candy:-). The truth is you can eat most anything as long as you avoid anything that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues. Feel free to print this list out and put it up on the fridge. Foods to AVOID with braces:
  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, 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, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake