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How do you live with braces? Can I still eat normal food? What do I need to change?

At Impression Orthodontics, we tell our patients there’s not too much you need to change if you’re having orthodontic treatment, but there are a few things you can do to make life easier.

Brushing and flossing

Brushing and flossing

After your braces or aligners have been fitted to your teeth, it is important to keep up with your oral hygiene routine. You can brush and floss as normal but just take extra care, particularly if you’re wearing fixed braces.

We recommend brushing after each meal, and flossing at least once a day. Use fluoride toothpaste, and ask Dr Sanj if you need an additional fluoride rinse.

Braces and appliances

Braces and appliances

Once we have fitted you with your braces or Invisalign aligners, we won’t need to see you for another six-to-eight weeks. But this means in between appointments it is your responsibility to look after your appliance.

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so it’s important you follow our instructions on how to care for your appliance. If any damage occurs to your appliance, such as the wires or bands breaking or coming loose, please consult our orthodontic emergencies page, and contact us to schedule a visit.

Eating with braces

Adjusting your diet is often the toughest part of having braces. To avoid damaging your new appliances, choose soft, gentle foods, such as:

  • Juice
  • Soft fruits (applesauce, bananas)
  • Soft desserts (pudding, jelly, cake)
  • Soft grains (pasta, soft-cooked rice)
  • Seafood (tuna, salmon, crab cakes, fish)
  • Breads (tortillas, pancakes, nutless muffins)
  • Soft dairy (soft cheese, yogurt, milk-based drinks)
  • Soft-cooked meats (soft-cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats)
  • Soft vegetables (mashed potatoes, steamed greens, soft beans, corn-off-the-cob)

Avoid chewy, crunchy, sticky, and hard food, as well as foods that require biting into. Sugary foods should also be kept to
a minimum as sugar increases the bacteria in your mouth, creating more plaque and possibly causing cavities). Foods to avoid include:

  • Chewy (bagels, licorice)
  • Crunchy (popcorn, chips, ice)
  • Sticky (caramels, chewing gum)
  • Hard (nuts, hard candies)

Foods that require biting (cob corn, apples, carrots)
Sugary foods (ice cream, other desserts)

Playing sport with braces

Playing sport with braces

We have great news for athletes! Even if you’re wearing braces you can still play sport. We do recommend you wear a mouthguard for protection. Let us know if sport is part of your lifestyle and we can help you find a mouthguard that fits.

If you suffer a sports-related accident, be sure to check your mouth and braces for any damage. If you notice any, contact our office to book an emergency appointment. Try and save any loose pieces of appliance if possible.

Want to discover what life is like with braces? Book a free Invisalign consultation with our friendly team and start your journey to a smile that will make a great first impression.

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