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Eating with Braces

Foods to Avoid

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Liquorice
  • Rollups
  • Toffee
  • Minties
  • Fantails
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard crusty bread/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Popcorn  
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Most foods you are welcome to eat, however, be conscious of how you eat your food eg, small bites, cutting food up

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Biscuits
  • Chocolate
  • Lollies/sweets

Only Once a Day:

  • Soft drinks
  • Sweetened tea eg bubble tea, ice tea
  • Gatorade
  • Cordial
  • Drinks with sugar

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

Soreness of Teeth

You may experience some soreness after the placement of your braces. Your teeth may be sensitive to any pressure and be tender. Typically if you do experience any soreness, it should settle down in a week. Allow 1 -2 weeks for your lips and cheeks to adjust to the braces and to "toughen up." To ease the soreness, you can use non-prescription pain medication such as Panadol or Nurofen as well as special wax that we will give you to cover the braces and prevent irritation.

Poking Wire or Loose Bracket

It is possible for wires to poke you and brackets to become loose. This is not uncommon. If this happens, call our office so that we can schedule a time for you to come in and have it fixed. While you cannot correct these problems on your own, you can put some wax or cotton wool on the end of the wire to alleviate the irritation.

Caring for Your Appliances

Retainers: Your retainer should be taken out to eat and drink. To clean them, brush with regular toothpaste or soak them in denture cleaner daily. If you wear a retainer, it should be taken out for eating, drinking and playing sport. It is OK to brush them clean with regular toothpaste daily or even soak them in a denture cleaner.

Brushing/Flossing with Braces: It is important to continue your oral hygiene regimen even after your braces are placed. Brush your teeth three times a day and don’t forget to floss as well. Flossing may take a little extra time and attention because of the threading method. By brushing and flossing throughout treatment, you will experience less gum inflammation and dental problems.

Playing Sports

When you play contact sports it is important to wear a mouthguard.
A mouthguard provides a barrier between the orthodontic appliance and your cheek and lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries. A knock to the face during contact sports could damage the fixed orthodontic appliances as well as potentially causing injury.
During orthodontic treatment, custom made mouthguards are no longer appropriate as teeth positions are constantly changing. Any custom made mouthguards previously fabricated may no longer be safe or comfortable to wear as the teeth and dental arches are continually changing during orthodontic treatment.
For active orthodontic treatment we recommend mouthguards which are available from pharmacies and supermarkets which can be re fitted as the teeth are moving.

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