LIFE WITH BRACES

TAILORED TO FIT YOUR LIFE

Having braces is much more comfortable than it used to be, especially when you get your braces at Boulder Orthodontics. That’s because Dr. Lang offers many of the latest technologies designed to make orthodontics faster, more esthetic and more comfortable than ever.

When you have braces, the first few days after each appointment can include some tenderness. Though our treatment options minimize any discomfort, your teeth might feel a little loose but that’s great – it means their on the move. Some people like to keep some over-the-counter pain reliever handy during those initial days.


HELPFUL TIPS

  • We recommend you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Electric and sonic toothbrushes are also acceptable.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • We recommend that you have a check up with your dentist every 6 months.

COMFORT CONCERNS

The braces may feel a little awkward at first and the teeth may be tender or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away soon. It may feel as though the braces are “sticking out,” but this sensation will also soon pass. Small pieces of orthodontic wax may be used if the brackets irritate cheek tissues. The orthodontic office always has extra wax in case you run out so call them if you need more.

Many patients will experience some discomfort at first, but the soreness will go away within the first few days or even hours of getting braces. It is impossible to predict exactly when the tenderness will end. Some patients choose to take over the counter pain relievers the first day of treatment to lessen the discomfort. To ensure the best result take the medications before your appointment.

EATING RIGHT

Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive, but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well-balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.

Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.

The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat: gum, beef jerky, nuts, hard or sticky candy, corn chips, crisp taco shells, whole apples, celery, caramel, taffy, popcorn, soft drinks & candy bars.

Eating restricted foods may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately extend the length of treatment. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific questions about food choices should be directed to your orthodontist and staff. Patients should see their general dentist regularly while wearing braces.


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