If you’ve been told that you need braces you probably realize that there will be some changes in your life. Being prepared for these changes and planning accordingly can help you with making the adjustment to your new, temporary life with braces.
Foods You Can and Cannot Eat
First and foremost your diet will change. You will need to avoid sticky, chewy, and hard foods during the time period that you are wearing your braces in order to protect them. It’s important that you stick with soft foods while braces are in place. Pasta, well-cooked vegetables, soft fruit, dairy products including soft cheeses, and fish or well-cooked meats that are not tough are all fine to eat.
When you pick up something and want to take a bite out of it, think about whether it will be something that will get stuck in your braces or could possibly harm them. You will want to avoid foods like taffy, corn-on-the-cob, nuts, and raw vegetables for example.
You will also need to take more care in cleaning and brushing your teeth, which means that it’s going to take more time in the morning, the evening, and even after meals. You may even have special orthodontist-recommended dental floss and brushes to use.
Sometimes you may experience discomfort when your Surrey orthodontist adjusts your braces, or just after you have them put on. There are a number of ways to deal with this pain. You may wish to take some ibuprofen, particularly if there is swelling, as this over-the-counter medicine has effective anti-inflammatory properties.
If the pain becomes too much to bear, or doesn’t go away in 3-5 days maximum, contact your orthodontist to let him or her know it is bothering you. They will recommend something or possibly have you come in to make sure nothing is broken.
Preventative care is the best way to avoid broken brackets. By avoiding certain foods, taking care to keep your braces clean, and wearing mouth protection when playing sports, you can avoid having to visit your orthodontist in Surrey.
However, sometimes brackets break. You’ll want to alert your orthodontist immediately to set up an appointment to get the bracket (or brackets) fixed. Take special care when the bracket breaks to not make it any worse.