Life With Braces
Do braces hurt?
Braces do not hurt while they’re being placed on your teeth or while the wires are being tied in. In fact, for several hours after the appointment, you may not feel anything. However, once the teeth start to move, your teeth may start to feel sore. This soreness can last anywhere from 2-5 days, depending on the person. The best way to manage this soreness is to eat soft foods and take an over-the-counter pain reliever, if needed. Make sure to read the bottle for directions, especially if giving to a child.
Can I eat whatever I want when my braces are on?
For your treatment to run on time, you want to avoid breaking your braces and distorting the wires. There are certain foods that increase the risk of breakage and should be avoided during treatment. These include hard, sticky foods such as…
Hard foods to avoid…
- hard candy (jolly ranchers, peppermints, etc.)
- candy with nuts
- chicken wings on the bone
- corn on the cob
- raw carrots
Sticky foods to avoid:
- sour patch kids
- Swedish fish
Although there are certain foods that need to be avoided, many of your favorite foods can be modified so that you can still eat them with braces. Here are some suggestions…
- for chicken wings and ribs, you can take the meat off of the bone
- take the corn off of the cob
- cut apples into small pieces to chew with your back teeth
- cook the carrots before eating them
How do I keep my braces clean?
When you get your braces at Miami Orthodontics Specialists, we recommend maintaining good oral hygiene. Plaque will stick to the braces and increase the risk of cavities if good hygiene is not maintained. This can lead to swollen, bleeding gums and decalcification (white spots) on the front of the teeth. The ideal oral hygiene routine is to brush after every meal and floss at least once per day. Mechanical (power) toothbrushes can be beneficial, especially for children who don’t do as well with manual toothbrushes. Floss threaders and proxy brushes can help clean under the wire and around the gums.
How long does treatment last?
When you get your braces at Miami Orthodontics Specialists, the length of treatment is based on a combination of factors. The primary factor is the difficulty of the treatment being completed, which is based on each individual person’s bite. Dr. Garcia will give you an estimated treatment time when you come in for your consultation. However, certain things can increase time in braces such as missed appointments and breakage of appliances.
Is there any way to make the braces less noticeable?
Yes! Our office offers several cosmetic options so that you can obtain the smile of your dreams without showing metal every time you talk. Options include clear braces, lingual braces and Invisalign for teens or adults. Schedule a free consultation so that we can help you select the treatment that is best for you.