Eating with Braces
What can you eat? Let's first of all talk about what you shouldn't eat. During the first days you should only eat soft food stuffs.
Avoid all that is tough or crisp (bread crusts), sticky (chewing gum, toffees), hard (nuts, sweets) and anything that needs a strong bite (raw vegetables, apples).
Your first week with braces is a marvellous chance to lose extra pounds!
After some time you will be able to eat normally though it is advisable to be careful as long as you are wearing braces.
Care and hygiene are a must as long as you are in therapy!
Any biting or chewing of hard stuffs (pencils, nails) may loosen your braces and thus prolong the duration of your treatment.
After your braces have been fixed there may occur problems in mouth and teeth.
Teeth may feel tender for three to five days and make chewing difficult. Rinsing your mouth with a lukewarm saline
solution will normally ease any discomfort. Take a teaspoon of common salt and stir it into lukewarm water (250 millilitre),
then rinse carefully by working the solution around in your mouth. Repeat several times. Should the irritation continue take a painkiller like Aspirin or Paracetamol.
Lips, mouth, tongue and the inside of your cheeks may also be irritated during the first days before their surfaces have
adjusted to the braces. To minimise the discomfort we advise the use of protection wax on the braces and will be glad to show you how it is done.
This phenomenon will probably be felt throughout the entire period. There is no need to worry, it is quite normal!
Teeth must loosen before they can by moved. They will fasten again as soon as they have adjusted to their new position.
For the success of your therapy it is vital that patient and doctor work in unison.
Teeth and joints can only be corrected
if the patient painstakingly wears the appliances such as rubber rings, headgear etc. and sees to their proper fit and cleanliness.
Damaged appliances will prolong the duration of your treatment.
We will give you exact instructions how to take care of your appliances together with a dental hygiene set (electrical toothbrush, mouth-and-gum spray etc)
Cleaning your Teeth
Proper cleaning of your teeth is even more important while wearing fixed braces in order to achieve the desired results after your treatment.
You will be given all necessary instructions as to hygiene and cleaning when the braces have been set.
Patients who do not take proper care of their teeth and braces have to demand professional help more often.
In the worst case the braces may have to be taken out. Adult patients suffering from problems with their gums will have to see their dentist more often during an orthodontic therapy.
Sports and Fixed Braces
In contact sports it is advisable to wear a gumshield. Should your braces have been damaged or your teeth feel loose please call us immediately.
Any more questions? You could reach us by phone: · Tel.: +43-1-479 79 19-0