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Life with Braces

So, now that you have braces, what comes next?

The first step towards the smile you desire is having your appliance placed, but there is a lot more to treatment than just putting your braces on. From our side, there is lots of monitoring your progress, adjusting your braces, and providing you with the knowledge and support that you need to be successful in your treatment. And for you as one of our Denver braces patients, there will be the day-to-day care that must take place in order to keep your teeth healthy and keep your treatment on track. To get the best results, follow our guide below from now until you are finished with treatment.

Eating with Braces

The biggest adjustment for the majority of our patients is learning how to eat with braces. You don’t have to relearn how to eat, but you will need to adjust your diet. At first, biting pressure will be too much for your teeth to handle, though this will subside in just a few days. When you experience this, you simply stick to foods that are soft enough that you could mash them with the back of a spoon.

However, there will be foods that you must avoid throughout your treatment. These foods are avoided because they pose a great risk to your appliance, and any damage could end up hurting your results and extending your treatment time.

Foods to Avoid

If you watched the video above, you have a pretty good idea of what you need to avoid eating while wearing braces. Below is a brief list to help you navigate meals while you are undergoing treatment.

  • Sticky Foods: These foods are any that stick to your teeth while you eat them. Caramels are a clear example of sticky foods, as are taffy and toffee.
  • Hard Foods: If you have to bite into the food with force, it is a hard food. Apples and carrots fall into this category, but to ensure you can keep eating healthy, cook your veggies and cut your fruits into smaller pieces.
  • Crunchy Foods: If the food offers a satisfying crunch as you chew it, it is a crunchy food. Popcorn, chips, and hard pretzels all quality as crunchy foods.
  • Tough Foods: Tough foods are those you really have to chew and chew and chew. Bagels, steaks, and ribs usually qualify as tough foods. Slow cook your meats to prevent them from being too tough for your braces.

And if ever you are in doubt, give us a call. Our team members are always happy to help our Aurora braces patients.

General Soreness

When we told you that you needed braces, what was the first question that came to mind? For the majority of our patients, that question is, “Will having braces hurt?”

Genuine pain is not normal for our Denver, Centennial, and Aurora braces patients. If you ever experience true pain while in treatment, contact us immediately. What is normal, however, is mild to moderate soreness when the braces are placed and after each adjustment.

This sensation does not last for very long. The longest you should experience it is in the days after your appliance is originally placed; this is also when it will be most noticeable. After adjustments, this sensation goes away quickly and may not be noticeable except when eating.

Relief is easy to obtain. Salt-water rinses will help you get rid of the sensation without using medication. If you would prefer to use medicine, any OTC pain reliever will do.

If there is part of your appliance that is causing you trouble, you can cover the offending area with dental wax. Your mouth will eventually adjust and the wax will no longer be needed.

Loosening of Teeth

For many of our patients, this part of treatment is both unexpected and disconcerting. Our older patients have the most trouble with this since loose teeth have long been in the past for them. Despite the fact that it will feel odd, your teeth must loosen up if they are going to move; essentially, we cannot move a tooth that is firmly in place without causing pain and damage. Understand that this will only last as long as you are in treatment and that your teeth will firm back up into place once your treatment is complete.

Loose Wire, Bracket, or Band

Even if you aren’t known as a big talker, your mouth moves a lot every day. Between talking, eating, laughing, and yawning, that is a lot of movement. Because there is so much movement going on, it is only a matter of time before something comes out of place. There is no need to panic when this happens, and most problems can be fixed at home, at least temporarily. Be sure to call us to find out how quickly we need to see you.

How to use Wax

As noted above, your appliance will cause some minor irritation until your mouth adjusts to it being there. To reduce this irritation, you can use dental wax. Watch our video below to learn how.

Care of Appliances

Getting the best results from your treatment means that you must take good care of your appliance. When appliances are not properly cared for, they do not perform as well as they could. The doctor and his team will let you know the steps you must take to provide the proper care for your braces, and you should follow these steps faithfully. You also must ensure that you are able to attend your appointments on time so we can monitor your progress.

Brushing

With or without braces, it is vital that you brush your teeth. But once you have braces, it becomes even more important. The addition of braces means there are more places where food and plaque can get stuck, not to mention that you can form stains around your braces. Brushing with braces is more complicated than brushing without braces, but we will teach you the proper method before we send you home.

Flossing

As you did before braces, you will need to floss at least once a day. Flossing changes once you have braces. Once again, we will teach you the proper technique, including how to thread with and without a floss threader.

Bite Turbos

This is a device sometimes used to protect your braces. If is placed on the back of the upper front teeth to stop your teeth from fully closing, preventing you from damaging your braces.

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