If you receive braces from Howell Orthodontics, you may find that several aspects of your life change. Here is some advice from our orthodontist in Meridian, Idaho, about the changes you need to make now that you have braces.

Eating

After you first receive braces from Dr. Jason Howell, you may find that chewing is more difficult as your mouth gets used to having brackets and wires. This is normal, and we suggest that you eat soft foods as your mouth adjusts to the change. Though you will eventually be able to eat food normally again, you will still need to take steps to prevent it from dislodging your braces. We suggest cutting your food into smaller pieces.

There are also several different types of foods you should avoid eating while undergoing a straightening treatment, including hard and sticky foods. Avoid hard foods like corn nuts, uncut apples, ice, hard bread, uncut carrots, hard pretzels, nuts, beef jerky, and crunchy chips because these foods can break your braces. Also avoid sticky foods that work up in your braces and pull them off. Some of the sticky foods to avoid include caramel, taffy, gummy bears, chewing gum, tootsie rolls, and other sticky candies.

Brushing

Though braces will give you a straighter, healthier smile, they are also more likely to trap the food and bacteria that cause tooth decay and enamel stains. This means that keeping good oral hygiene becomes more important than ever during a straightening treatment. Remember to brush twice a day for at least two minutes’ time and floss once a day. We will teach you how to brush and floss your teeth correctly while wearing braces so you can maintain the health of your smile.

Regular Dental Checkups

Even if you practice excellent oral hygiene while wearing braces, it is still important to receive a professional cleaning from a dentist in order to prevent oral health problems from developing in your mouth during a straightening treatment. Call our office if you want us to recommend a good dental practice in the area.