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How to Survive the First Week of Braces

How to survive the first week in braces
Everyone knows braces can cause some discomfort when they first get put on or after being adjusted. Continue reading to learn how to survive the first week of braces. However, there are a few things you must do to maintain your braces and keep your teeth in good condition throughout your treatment. To make sure you are taking care of your braces correctly, be sure to abide by these do’s and don’ts! You can also read more on the American Association of Orthodontics website.


Be Prepared – Foods to Eat

It is important to have the right foods on hand after your appointment. Stock up on soft foods BEFORE you get braces on. Soft foods that are not sticky or hard to chew are going to be the best choices for the few days after braces. Here are suggestions for foods to keep around after appointments:


  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soup
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Bananas
  • Oatmeal
  • Veggies cooked until they’re soft
  • Soft fruits
  • Pasta
  • Protein shakes
  • Pudding
  • Seedless bread
  • Tortillas

Foods Not to Eat 

Just as important as eating foods that are soft and comfortable, is avoiding the wrong foods. Not only can it be uncomfortable, but the wrong foods can also potentially damage or break braces. Here is what we recommend avoiding:
  • Nuts
  • Hard or chewy candy
  • Uncooked, hard vegetables and fruits
  • Chips
  • Tough meats
  • Beef jerky
  • Granola
  • Bagels
  • Popcorn
  • Ice (don’t chew it!)

Pain Management

It is pretty common to be sore after braces are put on or tightened. This can make sense because your child is not used to the pressure that braces put on their teeth. There is a possibility for the braces to rub your child’s cheek or gums during the adjustment period causing a sore to form. Thankfully, easing the pain or discomfort is easy.
For pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, as directed on the package. For rubbing, we have an orthodontic wax at our office that can create a barrier between the braces and the inside of your child’s mouth to help keep sores from forming.


Discomfort is Only Temporary 

The good news is that any pain or discomfort should only last a few days at the very most. If you feel like the pain is excessive, please let us know! Also, if your child experiences any loose wires or broken brackets (at any time, not just right after they are put on), be sure to contact us immediately.

We are Here for You!

Dr. Skelton and our whole team know that adjusting to braces can be a bit hard. Do not ever hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns. Our main priority is creating healthy, happy smiles for you and your family!
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