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Life with Braces

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s crucial for you to know how to take care of your braces properly throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

Eating with Braces

Don’t worry; you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! Before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, however, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.

Please visit the Eating With Orthodontic Appliances page for details.

Soreness Caused by Braces and Appliances

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal, and Dr. Held promises that your mouth will not be sore forever!

Please visit the bottom of the Emergencies and Urgencies page for details.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin to feel a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact Dr. Held as soon as possible so that she can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it, and bring it to the office with you.

You can fix the loose wire temporarily by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire carefully and gently back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over it to relieve the poking.

Take Care of Your Appliances

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you wear the rubber bands, retainer, or other appliances consistently, as prescribed by Dr. Held.

Playing Sports with Braces

Game, set, and match — we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you play sports, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliances. Let Dr. Held know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to check your mouth and appliances immediately for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please Text or call the office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.

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