Living With Your New Braces

Now that you've embarked on your journey with braces, it's crucial to understand how to care for them properly throughout your treatment. At Family Orthodontics of Jupiter, we're here to guide you every step of the way.

Your Eating Habits May Need to Change Slightly

Craving your favorite snacks? Don't worry, you'll soon be indulging in popcorn and potato chips again. However, until then, it's essential to steer clear of certain foods that could potentially damage your braces.

Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

Be mindful of chewy treats like bagels and licorice, as well as crunchy snacks such as popcorn and chips. Sticky candies like caramel and chewing gum should also be avoided, along with hard foods like nuts and candies. Additionally, foods that require biting into, like corn on the cob, apples, and carrots, should be consumed with caution.

Enjoyable Food Options While Wearing Braces

Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious alternatives that are safe for braces. From soft cheeses and pudding to pasta and steamed vegetables, there's a wide variety of options to satisfy your cravings without jeopardizing your orthodontic treatment.

Managing Discomfort While Wearing Braces

Experiencing some discomfort after getting your braces? That's completely normal. To alleviate soreness, try rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution. If the pain persists, over-the-counter pain relievers can provide relief. Additionally, wax can be applied to lessen irritation caused by braces.

You May Feel Your Teeth Loosening Slightly

Feeling your teeth slightly loose? Don't panic; this is a natural part of the orthodontic process as your teeth adjust to their new positions. Should you encounter loose wires or bands, contact us immediately for assistance. In the meantime, you can temporarily secure loose wires with household items like a spoon or pencil eraser.

Maintaining Your Braces

Taking care of your orthodontic appliances is vital for the success of your treatment. Consistently wearing rubber bands, headgear, retainers, or other prescribed appliances will ensure that your teeth and jaw move correctly.

You Can Still Play Sports

Sports enthusiasts, rejoice! You can still participate in athletic activities while wearing braces. However, it's crucial to protect your teeth and appliances with a mouthguard. Should a sports-related incident occur, check for any damage to your mouth or braces and contact us promptly for assistance.

At Family Orthodontics of Jupiter, Dr. Christopher West and the team are committed to providing you with exceptional care and support throughout your orthodontic journey. If you have any concerns or require assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to our team. Your smile transformation is our priority!

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1851 W Indiantown Rd #201
Jupiter, FL 33458
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