What types of foods should I avoid with braces?

Generally speaking, you should always make an effort to avoid chewy foods first and foremost. These can include but are not limited to things like bagels, licorice, pizza crusts, and any type of French bread. Crunchy foods may also be problematic, so try to limit your exposure to things like popcorn, chips, hard candies, thick pretzels, and even ice.

Sticky foods are not recommended, either – so you’ll want to avoid things like caramel candies and especially chewing gum. Along the same lines, nuts, hard candies and any other types of hard foods should also be avoided if you can help it.

Finally, you’ll want to stay away from foods you need to “bite into” – so things like corn on the cob, apples, carrots, ribs and chicken wings are not likely to be on your menu anytime soon.

How long will I need to wear my braces?

The answer to this question will vary wildly depending on the patient, their bite and/or the unique orthodontic issues that are being corrected. Generally, most people wear braces anywhere from 12 to 24 months.

How can I help relieve the pain from braces?

This is something that you can do in a few different ways depending on your preferences. If a saltwater rinse doesn’t help ease some of the pain, try over the counter painkillers (in moderation, of course). You could also try waxing the brackets themselves.

How much do braces cost?

This, too, will depend on the specific types of dental issues being corrected, and the length of the treatment. But don’t worry – this is something that Dr. Dailey will discuss with you in great detail during your appointment.

What is the process of putting on braces?

After a comprehensive dental exam (think: x-rays, photographs, etc.), Dr. Dailey will examine your health records and discuss any viable treatment plans with you. Brackets will then be applied to your teeth and strung together with a wire, after which point regular follow up appointments will be necessary to make adjustments as needed.

How do I care for my braces?

Aside from the obvious (meaning you should always brush and floss in between your teeth AND your brackets), always brush your teeth after eating. Use a mouthwash (or rinse) after flossing and always use an interdental brush. Likewise, be sure to visit your orthodontist regularly for the best results.

Will braces interfere with my lifestyle?

Thankfully, this is not likely – especially thanks to the sleek design of braces in the modern era. While you do need to avoid foods that could get stuck in between the brackets and you should pay extra attention to your oral hygiene, you won’t really find your normal activities altered in any way. Just make sure you book regular appointments for adjustments on the braces.

What is the best age to visit an orthodontist?

It’s never too early to take your children to a pre-orthodontic observation. That way, you can quickly identify what types of potential bite issues your child may have WHILE the jaw is still developing.

Likewise, adults should visit the orthodontist on a regular basis. Teeth move regularly and even if you don’t have any issues today that could easily change over time if you’re not careful.