Braces are a Big Step
You’ve taken a big step by having braces put on, and you're now officially on the path towards a healthy, beautiful smile. It’s an exciting time, but it also comes with a bit of a learning curve.
As you get used to your new orthodontic treatment, you may need to make a few adjustments, but it'll become second nature before you know it.
What You Can Eat
Braces are fragile (and expensive) so it’s important to take good care of them by avoiding certain types of food. Hard, sticky, or chewy items need to wait until the braces come off, so you’ll want to steer clear of nuts, bagels, hard or chewy candies.
Avoid foods that you bite down on, like apples, raw carrots, and corn on the cob, as well as crunchy foods such as popcorn and chips – and no chomping on ice. Keep in mind that damaged braces can make your treatment take longer, and even send teeth veering off in the wrong direction.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of foods you can continue to enjoy while wearing braces.
You can continue to play sports while you have braces, but we do recommend that you wear a mouth guard. (Our doctors can help you find the right one.) In case of any physical encounters that might affect your mouth, check for damage right away and contact us if you detect any loose teeth or problems with your braces.
The cost of braces depends on how complex the work you need done, the type of braces, and the duration of the treatment. Of course, we’ll go over the financial details with you before any orthodontic treatment begins.