Taking care of your braces is an important part of treatment at True North Orthodontics in Calgary. We want to make sure you have the tools for a successful, and healthy treatment!
Eating with Braces
Before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances. Avoid these foods when you have braces:
- Chewy foods - hard breads, bagels, beef jerky, licorice, gummie candies
- Crunchy foods - popcorn, chips, taco/nacho chips, ice
- Sticky foods - caramel candies, toffee, bubble gum
- Hard foods - raw fruits and vegetables, whole nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into - corn on the cob, apples, carrots, pizza crusts
Despite popular belief, you can use sugarless gum as long as it doesn't have a hard candy or crunchy coating. We also ask that you avoid crunching ice or chewing on pens, water bottles or fingernails!
When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore.
This is perfectly normal for patients who have just gotten their braces put on, and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever!
How do I relieve the pain caused by braces?
To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water.
Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).
If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever.
Our Orthodontist would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness.
Loose Teeth? No Worries!
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth in order to move them into the right position.
Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
What To Expect During Treatment
Loose Wires & Bands
If the wires and bands on your braces come loose, contact us as soon as possible so we can check and repair your appliance. Be sure to save any piece of your appliance that breaks.
You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place.
Taking Care of Your Appliances
Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so we highly recommend that you take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your Orthodontist.
You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment and wearing braces or appliances!
Brushing Your Teeth
When you have braces it's very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment.
If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and orthodontic floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.