What Types of Foods Should I Avoid While Wearing Braces?

Overall, most people don’t find braces too terribly restrictive in terms of what they can or cannot eat. Having said that, there ARE certain types of foods that could potentially damage the brackets and/or the wires that make up your braces – meaning that it’s a good idea to avoid them as much as possible, if not entirely.

Foods on this list include but are not limited to things like:

  • Hard candies.
  • Any type of chewy foods like bagels, licorice or even something like pizza crust.
  • Crunchy foods like popcorn, chips, ice and even certain types of cereals.
  • Sticky foods like caramel candies, chewing gum, and gummy candies.
  • Hard foods like nuts and the aforementioned hard candies.
  • Any foods that require you to bite into them, like corn on the cob, apples, carrots, chicken wings and even ribs.

How Long Will I Have to Wear My Braces?

The answer to this question is an entirely personal one – meaning that it will depend not only on your bite but any other orthodontic issues that you may have. Typically, the length of treatment for most people will range from between 12 and 24 months.

Am I Too Old for Braces?

Absolutely not! Keep in mind that dental issues can develop at any age, so it is NEVER too late to correct them. Even if you have perfect teeth growing up, you could still run into trouble as an adult and braces are absolutely a viable option.

Likewise, a good percentage of patients who get braces are over the age of 21 – meaning that you haven’t missed out on your opportunity at all.

At What Age Should I Bring my Child to an Orthodontist?

Ideally, a child should be seen by an orthodontist between the ages of 7-9 years.  Early detection of a developing problem could save time, money and possibly teeth.

How Do I Care for My Braces?

For starters, you MUST  brush and floss both in between your teeth AND in between the brackets. You should also brush your teeth after eating and always try to use a mouthwash or rinse after you floss.

Try to use an interdental toothbrush if you can and be sure to book (and attend!) regular appointments with your orthodontist as often as directed.

How Do I Ease the Discomfort From Braces?

Most people don’t find traditional braces painful. If you do experience some discomfort, however, you could always try over the counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil. You could also gargle with a saltwater rinse and apply dental wax to soften the feel of the braces.

What Happens After Braces?

Patients usually wear a retainer every night for about twelve months after treatment. In general, this is the average amount of time that it takes for your teeth to settle into their new positions.

Do I Need to Brush My Teeth More Often If I Have Braces?

Brushing your teeth twice a day is absolutely required while you have braces. You should also floss your teeth at least once a day for the best results.