3 Noreen Avenue, Upper Claremont, 7700
Cape Town, South Africa

Tel: 021 761 4176
Fax: 021 797 0365
Email: shabortho@gmail.com

Life with Braces

Now that you have your braces, you need to know how to take care of them. Proper care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment is of utmost importance.

Eating with Braces:

Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, 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.

Foods to AVOID with braces:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, liquorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel, lollies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard lollies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, jelly, soft cake

Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances:

When you first get your braces, your teeth and mouth may feel a little tender or sore. This is normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in a glass of lukewarm water.  Gargle this solution in your mouth for a few minutes without swallowing the salt water.

If the pain is more severe, you may also take a pain reliever. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We will give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness.

Loose Teeth:

Your teeth will start feeling a little loose in the beginning, 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:

Wires and bands on your braces may come loose, please contact us as soon as possible so that we 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 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. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

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 consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by Dr Shaboodien.

Playing Sports with Braces:

We have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance.

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

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