Life with Braces

Eating with Braces

For the first day or so after getting your braces, if your teeth are tender, stick to soft foods such as soups and pastas until the soreness subsides. Before long, you'll be able to enjoy most of the foods that you enjoyed before, but you should be careful with certain foods. You'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, hard chips
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into with your front teeth: corn on the cob, apples, carrots (cut them into smaller pieces first)
  • Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces.

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel soreness and tenderness to biting pressures for up to one week. If the tenderness is severe, an over-the-counter pain reliever that you normally would take for headache or similar pain can be used, as directed by your health care professional. The lips, cheeks and tongue may become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. We will provide wax that can be applied to the braces to make you more comfortable. 

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 tighten up again in their new and corrected positions following treatment.

Care of Appliances and Following Instructions

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.