Now that you’ve gotten your braces from Dula Orthodontics, it’s important to know how to take care of them. Having braces or orthodontic appliances will require you to make a few adjustments to your daily life. By following our advice and with the help our highly trained staff and an orthodontist with years of expertise, you can achieve a smile that can last a lifetime!
Eating with Braces
While you have braces, you’ll need to avoid any foods that have the potential to break or damage your brackets and wires. Don’t worry, though; you’ll be able to eat crunchy chips and candy before you know it—and with a new smile to show off as well!
- Hard foods such as pizza crust, hard rolls, pretzels bagels, nuts, chips, and raw carrots can break, damage or knock off your wires and brackets.
- Foods such as Doritos and tacos can form a hard ball on your braces, making it hard to remove.
- Tough meats such as beef jerky and Slim Jims can loosen your wires and brackets.
- Sticky foods such as gum, licorice, Sugar Daddies, Tootsie Rolls, caramels, jelly beans, and Starburst can pull off the brackets as well get caught between the brackets and wires causing a gooey mess, as well as tooth decay.
- Chewing on pens and pencils as well as nail biting should be avoided because of the damage they cause.
- Chewing ice is one of the easiest ways to damage your braces – so avoid it!
- Dairy – pudding, soft cheeses
- Breads – sliced lunch bread, soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins w/o nuts, biscuits
- Grains – noodles, pasta, soft-cooked rice
- Meats/poultry – soft-cooked chicken, meatballs, lunchmeats
- Seafood – fish w/o bones, tuna, salmon, crab, and crab cakes
- Vegetables – mashed potatoes, peas, yams, steamed spinach, green beans
- Fruits – applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats – ice cream w/o nuts, milkshakes, smoothies, Jell-O, cake
- Other – eggs, hot dogs, hamburgers, chili, beans, and much more!
Brushing and Flossing
For efficient orthodontic treatment and the healthiest results, you’ll need to brush, floss, and schedule regular cleanings with your regular dentist. When you get your braces, our staff will show you how to take care of your orthodontic appliances and keep everything clean. Brush after every meal, brush in a small circular motion back to front, top and bottom. Use a floss threader to help get the floss between your brackets.
If you experience discomfort or break any part of your appliance, contact our Frisco orthodontic office immediately so that we can inform you of how to keep you comfortable until we can see you.
To ensure a successful treatment outcome, come to your regularly scheduled appointments at our Frisco orthodontic office, eat the proper foods, and avoid breaking brackets. If asked to wear elastics, wear as directed. Compliance is key to your new, amazing smile!