You now have braces. Congratulations on taking this important step towards improving your dental health as well as your appearance! Living with braces takes some getting used to, but it gets easier with every passing day. In light of this, here is a short guide that will give you a brief yet comprehensive idea of what to do when living with braces.
WHAT TO EAT
The simple trick is to stick with soft foods such as oatmeal, scrambled eggs, deserts, soft bread, dairy products, soft grains, soups, and smoothies. Make sure to also cut your food into small, bite-sized pieces rather than eating big chunks, as it might end up damaging your braces or putting extra pressure on your teeth.
WHAT TO AVOID
Having braces means that you will definitely need to avoid certain foods. You don’t want pieces of meat or chicken getting stuck in your braces, so steer clear of sticky and hard foods as well as foods high in sugar. Sugary and starchy foods can lead to decay and a host of other oral problems. You should consume the following beverages no more than once a day: sweetened tea, soda, Kool-Aid, Gatorade, and other sugary drinks. Foods that should be avoided are the ones that require biting into, such as chicken wings, corn on the cob, and apples.
Also, avoid chewing on foreign objects such as your fingernails, pencils, and pens since that can break or damage your braces.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BRACES
Regardless of the type of braces you have, it can get a little difficult to brush and floss. For this reason, use an interdental toothbrush to clean your braces and teeth. In addition to that, floss with an orthodontic floss or floss threader with a built-in tongue threader to help thread the floss beneath the main wire. To top it off, use a mouthwash to help get rid of any remaining tidbits, and also to minimize chances of infection and irradiation.
In addition to brushing your teeth, brush your braces as well. Carry a cleaning kit with you comprising of a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and wax. If you play sports, wear a mouthguard to protect your braces and teeth. Lastly, check your braces for loose or bent brackets and wires regularly.