Life With Braces

Everything you need to know.

T I P S     F O R     B R A C E S

Helpful info you should know when you're living with braces.

Follow these considerations during treatment to make life more enjoyable.

Soothing General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness. Your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Relieve this by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and rinse vigorously.

Sometimes patients get ulcers or sores inside the mouth. If this happens, use a half and half mixture of liquid Maalox and liquid Benadryl. Simply take equal parts (~1tsp each), swish for 1 minute and rinse. Do this several times a day for several days. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two days. They will toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can use Comfort Brace™ or wax to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Eating with Braces

The truth is you can eat just about anything and everything you normally eat if your careful. The difference eating with braces is more about how you go about eating that what you eat. For instance, you can eat an apple but you’ll have to cut it up into slices. You can have ribs, but you’ll need to cut the meat off the bone. If you’re not so conscientious, then there’s a few foods you’ll want to try to avoid to protect you orthodontic appliances.

Foods to Avoid:

Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, raw carrots, chips
Sticky foods: caramels, gummies, taffy
Hard foods: nuts, ice, candy
Foods you use your front teeth to bite into: apples on the core, corn on the cob, chicken on the bone

Caring for Your Appliances

To successfully complete your treatment plan, you must work together with your orthodontist. Teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions when patients consistently wear their appliances and elastics as prescribed. Avoid chewing on hard things which can damage your braces (i.e. pens, pencils or fingernails). Damaged appliances can lengthen the treatment time.

Brushing with Braces

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces. This keeps teeth and gums healthy for life after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may need more frequent visits to the dentist for professional cleanings. Adults who have a history of gum disease will benefit seeing their periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

Loosening of Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment.  Don’t worry!  It’s normal.  Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved.  The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new corrected positions.

Loose Wire or Bond

Don’t worry if a wire or band comes loose. This happens sometimes. If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wet cotton or dental wax on the wire to reduce the annoyance.

Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair your appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.


If you play sports, it’s important that you consult us for special precautions. We recommend a protective mouthguard for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

Good oral habits developed and reinforced during treatment will benefit you and your smile for the rest of your life.

– Dr. Shawn Pesh

Great smile. Great lifestyle. Great benefits for you.

Your Health

With crooked teeth increased dental plaque buildup is common. Bacterial proliferation between teeth increases potential for gum disease and can lead to heart problems. Straight teeth eases hygiene and can improve your health.

Your Success

Your smile is one of the first things people notice when meeting you. A smile is a big part of making a first impression. A smiling face tells people that you’re positive, outgoing and worth getting to know.

Your Relationships

Emotions are contagious. When you smile your brain releases endorphins and serotonin which improves mood and relieves stress. Smiling makes you feel better inside and appear more attractive to others.

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