Living With Braces

5 Common Questions About Life With Braces

Braces are applied on people of all ages, personality types and lifestyles. No matter where you are in life you might be feeling bummed about wearing braces, suddenly nervous to smile in front of the camera, or desperately missing caramel chews. But the thing is, braces are truly not a bummer, instead they are a chance at straight, healthy teeth that will look great and avoid big dental problems in the future. Missaligned teeth can cause jaw issues, advanced dental plaque, cavities, gingivitis and more.

At our Los Angeles dental office, Dr. Partovi is excited every time she removes a patient’s braces, knowing how happy they will be to see their stunning new smile. That’s the great thing about braces, sure they take a little extra care and motivation, but if you follow through you will be blessed with beautiful teeth for life.

Here we identify and answer some of the most commonly asked questions about life with braces.

1. Eating With Braces: What Foods Should I Avoid While Wearing Braces?

Traditional braces are undeniably going to limit the foods that you can eat. If you decide to eat forbidden foods, the outcome could be a broken bracket or band. This means another trip to the dentist, and can also prolong your time in braces. While it might be hard to ward off chewy candies, it will be well worth the wait!

Foods to avoid:

-Anything chewy or sticky— thick bread (bagels), licorice, chewing gum, caramel

-Foods that pack a crunch—thick tortilla chips, ice, popcorn

-Hard Foods—hard candies, shelled nuts, apples, corn on the cob

2. What Foods Can I Eat While Wearing Braces?

There are plenty more foods that you CAN eat while wearing braces, such as:

Dairy

Soft breads—tortillas, muffins, thin bread slices

Pasta, rice, and potatoes

Meat—soft meats, lunchmeat, meatballs

Vegies—cooked soft

Seafood—salmon, tuna, crab cakes

Desserts—ice cream, popsicles, soft cakes, milkshakes

3. Are Braces Painful? How Do I Deal With Discomfort?

Braces are essentially adjusting the shape and alignment of your teeth, this causes a great deal of pressure that can be rather uncomfortable, especially immediately after an adjustment, or when braces are new. Luckily, your mouth is not going to hurt all of the time, and there are things you can do to help the pain subside. Gargling salt mixed with lukewarm water can help, and if it does not you can take a pain reliever, such as Advil or Ibuprofen.

Your gums, tongue, and cheeks may also become sore after your braces are first applied. This is completely normal and will subside once your mouth gets used to the presence of braces. You can always ask your dentist for wax to apply over your braces to help reduce associated discomfort.

4. Can I Still Play Sports While Wearing Braces?

Orthodontics treatment shouldn’t stop you from doing the things that you love most. For one, there are plenty of options when it comes to straightening your teeth, and for very active individuals there are different types of braces that reduce your overall risks while playing contact sports. If you are wearing traditional braces, a mouth guard should sufficiently protect your braces and mouth from injury.

5. Is It Normal For My Teeth To Feel Loose Under My Braces?

If you notice some of your teeth feel a bit loose beneath your braces you might become concerned, as patients often do. Rest assured, it is completely normal. In order to get your teeth moved over to the correct location, the tooth must be loosened first.

Superior Orthodontic Care

There are many alternative options to traditional metal braces that are less invasive, and noticeable, such as Invisalign and Incognito. At 360 Orthodontics, we offer superior orthodontic care, working one-on-one with patients to uncover the best results. Call us today to schedule a consultation appointment and start your journey towards a smile you love!