Life With Braces

Is Not as Hard as You May Think

Metal & Clear Braces in Bedford & Southlake, TX

Modern braces are more comfortable and visually appealing than they’ve ever been, but there are still some changes you’ll need to make to adapt to life with braces. Thankfully, the team at Johnson & Collins Orthodontics is here to help you through every phase of the process. We’re proud to offer high-quality orthodontic treatment to patients throughout Bedford, Southlake, and Coppell, TX, and w offer a wide range of treatment options including both clear and metal braces. If you’re preparing for treatment with braces, there will be some adjustments you’ll need to make, but more patients find that life with braces isn’t nearly as difficult as they’d thought.

Contact Your Bedford, TX Orthodontist

While life with braces does take a little getting used to, we’re confident that you’ll find it’s easy to adapt to the necessary changes. If you have more questions about managing life with braces or want to schedule an appointment to pursue orthodontic treatment for yourself, we would love to speak with you. Contact us today to learn more about living with braces or to schedule a consultation at one of our offices. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck in living with braces!

Helpful Tips for Living with Braces

Getting started with braces treatment? We're so excited for you! Your Coppell orthodontist will work with you to make treatment as smooth as possible, but here are a few tips to help you get used to life with braces:  
  • You'll need to brush more frequently while wearing braces. This means brushing after every meal and snack, at a minimum 4 times per day.
  • If you can't brush, you can still rinse your mouth out with water to clear away food and sugar.
  • We recommend brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, as this gives you the maneuverability to reach every part of your mouth.
  • Don't forget to floss daily, and remember that you'll need to use a floss threader to get under the archwire.
  • You'll need to brush or rinse your mouth extra carefully after eating anything sugary, as your teeth are at increased risk of decay during treatment.
  • We recommend carrying an interdental brush on your person, which you can use to dislodge any food that gets caught in your braces when you're on the go.

Eating with Braces

One of the biggest lifestyle changes you'll need to make while wearing braces is diet. Certain foods run the risk of breaking off brackets, getting stuck in your archwires, or otherwise damaging your braces, so you'll need to take care to avoid these foods during treatment. In particular, you'll need to avoid foods like the following:

Foods to Avoid with Braces

  • Hard or Crunchy Foods: Think popcorn, hard candy, nuts, or chips
  • Sticky or Chewy Foods: Licorice, gum, caramel, or even bagels
  • Foods That Are Difficult to Bite Into: Foods like corn on the cob or whole apples or carrots
  • Sugary Foods & Beverages: Any sodas or foods with lots of sugar

Foods You Can Eat with Braces

  • Grains: Pasta or soft-cooked rice
  • Dairy: Soft cheeses, pudding, and milk
  • Bread: Any soft bread like tortillas, pancakes, or nut-free muffins
  • Vegetables: Soft or cooked veggies like mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, or beans
  • Fruits: Bananas, seedless berries, applesauce, fruit without pits, and sliced fruit
  • Seafood: Any soft fish like tuna, salmon, or crab cakes
  • Meat: Soft meats like lunch meat, meatballs, or soft-cooked chicken
  • Desserts: Cake, milkshakes, ice cream, or Jell-O