Life with Braces
Once our Fresno orthodontist places your appliance, life is going to change for a while. Don’t worry: the change is temporary and you will get an incredible smile out of it. Plus, our Fresno orthodontics practice will make sure you are well equipped to handle these changes before you leave the office. But you might be wondering what changes you can expect.
The First Days with Your Braces
As our best Fresno orthodontist will tell you, the first couple of days are the most difficult. Don’t let that scare you off; it really isn’t that difficult. Your teeth will be tender right after the appliance is placed, making your teeth sore and sensitive to biting pressure. The upside of this? You have to stick to soft foods, which means plenty of ice cream! Just remember to brush and floss your teeth.
Brushing and Flossing
The staff at our Fresno orthodontics practice will help you learn the correct technique for brushing and flossing while wearing braces. It isn’t too complicated, but the approach will be slightly different. Keep in mind, if you want to have the best results from your treatment with our Fresno orthodontist, you will need to be diligent about your hygiene. If you aren’t, your smile will end up straight but stained.
Eating and Drinking
As always, it is a good idea to avoid sugary foods and drinks. It is also a good idea to avoid drinks that stain the teeth—you could end up with bracket-shaped stains if you aren’t careful with your brushing. However, some foods can damage your appliance and should be avoided. Here is a basic guide of foods to avoid to help you, but you will often need to use your best judgement.
Foods that Get Stuck Between Your Teeth
Anything that tends to get between the teeth is a no go. It can possibly get caught in the braces and make life difficult for you. Think about stringy foods, such as celery, and steer clear of them.
Foods that Are Sticky
If it sticks to your teeth, it will stick to your braces. Just avoid these foods for now. Think gum, caramels, and gooey cheese.
Food that You Have to Bite Into
This mainly applies to fruits and veggies, like apples and carrots. Does that mean you can skip the veggies while in treatment? Nope! But it does mean you need to cut these foods up into smaller pieces.
Foods that Are Hard or You Have to Chew a Lot
Steaks, jerky, tough breads—if you have to bite hard or chew and chew and chew to eat them, they are off limits while you are in treatment.
Okay, so that sounds like a lot, but as our best Fresno orthodontist always says, it is only for a little while, and you get a beautiful smile from it. So keep that in mind and always have the goal in your sights.
Foods to Avoid
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Hard foods: nuts, candy
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
- Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.