April 11, 2018

Are Braces Painful?

We have all the information you need during your time with braces.

When you get braces your mouth needs time to adjust to the new foreign object. It is normal to feel discomfort after getting braces.

At Hodge Orthodontics we have all the information you need during your time with braces. We will answer any questions you might have, from your new dental hygiene routine to certain foods you should avoid while you have braces. We’ll also make sure you have the right pain medication to deal with the discomfort.

Here are a few things you should be ready for during the first three days of your braces.

Discomfort is normal.

You will likely experience some discomfort during your first few days with braces. Modern braces are fairly petite, but your mouth still needs to get used to the new, foreign object secured in your mouth.

Now is a great time to eat ice cream.

Cold compresses are a great way to manage discomfort without pain medication. It is also very important that you eat soft food. The coldness of ice cream will soothe your mouth and your braces can handle the soft texture of ice cream.

Here are a few other soft foods you can eat: bread that doesn’t have any seeds, yogurt, pudding, boiled vegetables (for those of you who prioritize healthy eating even in this time of recovery), pasta, and thin soups.

Some foods are not safe to eat.

Be very wary of crunchy, sticky foods. You need to be ready to say goodbye to the following foods and anything else similar that fits the descriptions.

  • Pizza crusts. You can enjoy the soft middle, cheese, and toppings. Just stop at the crust.
  • Hard pretzels. For the same reason that you should not eat pizza crusts you should not eat hard pretzels. Avoid any bread that is tough like a crust or pretzel.
  • Chips. Stay away from any kind of chips. This includes hard shell tacos.
  • Carmel candy. Anything sticky needs to be banned from your candy stash.
  • Beef jerky. It will get stuck because it is too tough to chew.
  • Suckers. Suckers aren’t chewy, but they are too hard. Avoid hard candy.
  • Nuts. These are not soft enough for your braces. If they are ground up, you are good to go.
  • Popcorn. Please stay away from popcorn. Find a new movietime snack.
  • Raw vegetables. Vegetables need to be softened or cut up into small pieces.
  • Fresh fruits. Cut your fruit up into small pieces.
  • Corn on the cob. You can still enjoy sweet corn. You just need to enjoy it after it’s been removed from the cob.

Click here to learn more about what it’s like to have braces.

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