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Lancaster, CA (661) 949-2290
Tehachapi, CA (661) 822-6819

Life With Braces

Caring for Your Braces

Proper care is crucial throughout your orthodontic treatment. Be mindful of what you eat and how you handle your braces to ensure a smooth treatment process.

Eating with Braces

While you’ll need to avoid chewy, crunchy, sticky, and hard foods that can damage your braces, there are still plenty of enjoyable options. Stick to soft foods like dairy products, soft breads, tender meats, and cooked vegetables. You’ll be back to enjoying treats like popcorn and chips after your treatment.

Managing Soreness

Initial soreness is normal. To ease it, rinse with a saltwater solution. If discomfort persists, over-the-counter pain relievers can help. Wax can be applied to the braces to reduce irritation from lips, cheeks, and tongue.

Dealing with Loose Teeth

It’s normal for teeth to feel slightly loose as they are being repositioned. This is a temporary phase and a sign that your braces are working.

Loose Wires and Bands

If wires or bands loosen, contact our office for repairs. In the meantime, gently use the back of a spoon or a pencil eraser to reposition wires, and apply wax for comfort on any irritating parts.

Appliance Care

Taking care of your braces and other appliances is crucial to avoid extending treatment time. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions diligently.

Playing Sports with Braces

You can still participate in sports, but wearing a mouthguard is essential for protecting your teeth and braces. In case of a sports-related emergency, check for any damage and contact our office. Apply wax or rinse with warm salt water for temporary relief.