Life With Braces

Is Not as Hard as You May Think

Life with Braces

Modern orthodontic advances have allowed braces to be much more comfortable than they’ve ever been. Whether you’re looking for clear braces or Damon braces from your orthodontist in Bedford, Coppell, and Southlake, you won’t believe how smoothly your orthodontic treatment will go here at Johnson & Collins Orthodontics. We want to make sure that you have the best and most convenient orthodontic experience possible. With that being said, to ensure that your orthodontic treatment will be a success, you’ll still need to make a few lifestyle changes here and there. To make it simpler for you, we’ve provided you with a list of helpful tips when you’re ready to undergo our Damon braces orthodontic treatment.

Our Helpful Tips

To help make sure that your life with braces is as comfortable and hassle-free as possible, we’ve provided you with several important tips:

  • First, we recommend that you brush your teeth after every meal or snack.
  • When you brush, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head so that it can reach all of the areas of your mouth.
  • Also, remember to floss your teeth daily.
  • If you’ve eaten anything sugary, we recommend rinsing your mouth with water to keep any sugar from sitting on your teeth and causing dental problems.
  • Finally, keep up with your regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist once every six months.

Eating with Braces

Perhaps most depressing to many patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment is the fact that there are several types of foods that need to be avoided. The reason for this is because these foods can cause harm to your braces. These include:

  • Hard or Crunchy Foods – Nuts, chips, popcorn, and hard candy
  • Sticky or Chewy Foods – Caramel, licorice, gum, and bagels
  • Foods You Have to Bite Into – Corn on the cob, apples, and carrots

Don’t worry though – it’s not nearly as bad as it seems! There are plenty of delicious foods that you’ll still be able to eat while wearing Damon braces. Just a sample of these foods include:

  • Grains – Pasta and soft-cooked rice
  • Breads – Soft tortillas, pancakes, and nut-free muffins
  • Dairy – Soft cheese, pudding, and milk
  • Fruits – Applesauce, bananas, seedless berries, and sliced fruit
  • Vegetables – Mashed potatoes, beans, and steamed spinach
  • Seafood – Tuna, salmon, and crab cakes
  • Meat – Soft-cooked chicken, lunch meat, and meatballs
  • Desserts – Ice cream, cake, milkshakes, and Jell-O

Contact Your Orthodontist in Bedford, Coppell, and Southlake!

If you have any questions about our Damon braces or adjusting to life with braces, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We at Johnson & Collins Orthodontics will be glad to help you in any way that we can! To schedule a complimentary consultation with your orthodontist in Bedford, Coppell, and Southlake, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Helpful Tips

  • We recommend you use a soft bristled tooth brush with a small head. Electric and sonic tooth brushes are also acceptable.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • We recommend that you have a check up with your dentist every 6 months.

Eating with Braces

You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true - if your favorite food is hard candy:-).

Truth is - you can eat most anything as long as you avoid anything that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues. Feel free to print this list out and put it up on the fridge.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is okay)
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies

Foods You Can Eat with Braces

  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake