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We know that braces can be a big adjustment. But most of the great things in life are! Regardless, we want to help your transition into life with braces go as smoothly as possible. Dr. Myoungsoo Choi has provided some great resources to answer some of the most common questions we get asked. What can you eat? How can you keep your smile clean? To learn the answers to these and other questions, continue reading. You can also contact Cornerstone Orthodontics at 832-930-7875 to speak with our friendly team.

Eating with braces


Knowing which foods are safe to eat with braces can help you get the most out of your orthodontic experience. And don’t worry, you will be able to enjoy all the foods you love again in no time! But until then, you will want to make sure you are avoiding certain foods that could potentially damage your appliances.

Food to avoid with braces:

  • Chewy foods – things such as bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods - popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods - caramel candies, chewing gum, chewy taffy
  • Hard foods - nuts, hard candies, pretzels
  • Foods that require biting into - corn on the cob, uncut apples, raw carrots

Food you can eat with braces:

  • Dairy - soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads - soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts, biscuits
  • Grains - noodles, pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry - soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood – fish without bones, tuna, salmon, tilapia, crab cakes
  • Vegetables - mashed potatoes, peas, yams, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits - applesauce, bananas, fruit juice, pears, peaches
  • Treats - ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake, fruit, custard, or cream pies.

SORENESS AND SENSITIVITY


It is not uncommon for your teeth to feel sore after the placement of braces and after routine adjustments. But this is a good sign! It means that your braces are at work. If you experience soreness or sensitivity after an adjustment, you can control discomfort with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Braces can also cause tenderness in your gums for a few days after placement. Once your mouth adjusts this should go away, but until then you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water, mixing a half-teaspoon with eight ounces of water. You can also use orthodontic wax to cover brackets in problem areas.

FAQs


What should I do if a bracket or wire comes loose?

It is not uncommon for individual brackets or bands to come loose. If this happens, please contact us immediately so we can make any necessary repairs. Save any pieces that come completely off.

If you have a loose wire that is causing discomfort, you can gently bend it back into place with the back of a spoon or pencil eraser. You can also cover it with wax until your appointment.

What if I feel like I have a loose tooth?

It is normal for teeth to sometimes feel a little “loose” during ortho. This is part of the straightening process. Once completed, any feelings of looseness will go away.

Can I play sports with braces?

Short answer: yes! Ortho shouldn’t have an impact on the sports you love to play. However, we strongly recommend using a mouthguard to protect your smile and your appliance. We can help you find the right mouthguard for your situation.

What about musical instruments?

If you play brass or woodwind instruments, braces can cause some interference. However, many patients quickly adjust to playing with their appliance.

Brushing Instructions

Step 1

Brushing Steps

Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.

Step 2

Brushing Steps

Brush using gentle, circular motions.

Step 3

Brushing Steps

Brush ALL tooth surfaces--inner, outer and chewing areas.

Step 4

Brushing Steps

Use the brush tip for inner areas of front teeth.

Flossing Instructions

Step 1

Flossing Steps

Use an 18-inch piece of floss and carefully thread it between brackets and wire. Floss threaders can help.

Step 2

Flossing Steps

Gently floss around the brackets.

Step 3

Flossing Steps

Carefully floss around the gum area.

Step 4

Flossing Steps

Carefully floss between and around each tooth.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Myoungsoo Choi by calling our office at 832-930-7875. Our friendly front desk team will be happy to help you set an appointment at a time that is convenient for you. If you are a new patient, we will provide you with any additional information you may need in preparation for your consultation. You may also request an appointment using the button provided below.

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