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Adjusting to life with braces will help you enjoy your smile.

Questions & answers

Life with braces

How will braces affect my lifestyle?

You may need to make a few changes in your day-to-day life after you begin wearing braces. Making these small adjustments to your habits will help keep your braces intact and functioning properly so that your treatment can stay on track. While some of these adjustments are frustrating, all of them are temporary. Braces are an investment in your smile, and you can return to regular habits following your treatment.

Will I need to change what I eat?

Possibly. We recommend that you avoid eating foods that could damage your braces, such as chewy foods, crunchy and hard foods, sticky foods, and foods that you need to bite into to eat.

Why is adjusting my lifestyle to braces important?

Taking good care of your braces is key to keeping your smile progressing as planned. If your braces or other appliances are broken or damaged, that will slow your treatment down, causing you to spend more time wearing your braces and requiring you to visit our office more frequently for repairs and adjustments.

Life with braces


Our orthodontists and team are committed to helping you achieve a beautiful smile. This includes helping you adjust to life with braces after you begin treatment. We will work with you to help you learn the best ways to keep your braces working properly and avoid damage to your appliances. To set up an appointment and learn more, call our office today.


When you begin wearing braces, it is important that you take good care of them throughout your treatment. Keeping your braces in good condition helps ensure that your treatment progresses as planned. Below are a few guidelines to help you keep your braces in top shape and care for your teeth properly during your treatment.

Eating with braces

There are some foods that you should avoid while wearing braces in order to prevent your braces from being damaged. These include:

  • Chewy foods — such as bagels and licorice
  • Crunchy foods — such as popcorn, ice and chips
  • Sticky foods — such as caramel and chewing gum
  • Hard foods — such as nuts and hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — such as corn on the cob, raw carrots and uncut apples
Soreness caused by braces and appliances

Your teeth and mouth may feel tender or sore when you begin wearing braces. This should go away within a few days. Your lips, cheeks and tongue may become irritated for the first few weeks while your mouth adjusts. Our dentists can provide you with wax to put over your braces to help relieve tenderness and discomfort. You may also take a mild pain reliever.

Loose teeth

Your teeth might feel a little loose as your treatment progresses. This is normal and is caused by the repositioning of your teeth. Once your teeth have achieved their proper position, they will stop feeling loose.

Loose wires and bands

If the wires and bands on your braces come loose, call our office immediately so that we can check your braces and make any needed repairs or adjustments. If a piece of your appliance breaks off, save the piece and bring it with you.

Take care of your appliances

Damaged appliances increase the length of your treatment. Your teeth and jaw can only move into the proper positions when your appliances are in good condition and are worn consistently. Take good care of your appliances and wear your headgear, retainer, rubber bands or other appliances as directed.

Sports, musical instruments and braces

You can still play sports and musical instruments while wearing braces. We recommend that you wear an athletic mouth guard to protect your teeth, gums and appliances during sporting activities. You may need to make a few adjustments while playing a musical instrument, but your braces should not cause any problems.

If you have any other questions about life with braces, please feel free to contact our office.

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At Dentistry and Braces group, we believe that everyone deserves exceptional dental care, no matter their age or circumstance. For personalized, comprehensive dental care, contact our experienced dentists and make your appointment today.