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Life With Braces

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In order to reduce the amount of time spent with braces on, as well as time in the orthodontist chair, we have provided tips for the care and maintenance of your appliance. Be sure to read through these before you get your braces on, so you know what to expect with your treatment!

Foods to Avoid With Braces

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In order to reduce your length of time in braces, it is necessary to avoid certain foods while you have braces.

  • Sticky Foods (like taffy, caramels, and gum)
  • Chewy Foods (like crusty bread, under-cooked vegetables, and beef jerky)
  • Hard Foods (like ice, hard candies, and popcorn)
  • Crunchy Foods (like whole apples, raw carrots, and cereal)

For some foods, you can still incorporate them into your diet. Whole apples should be cut into wedges and vegetables should be cooked until soft.

Brushing and Flossing With Braces

It is absolutely essential to brush and floss well while you wearing your new braces. With braces, there are many nooks and crannies where food particles will hide and grow bacteria (yuck). You want to be sure to brush after every meal and floss at least twice a day with braces. You will also want to use an interdental toothbrush to get under the wire and between brackets, as well as a floss threader to help successfully maintain your smile.

Sports and Instruments With Braces

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If you play sports, it is important to the safety of your mouth and your appliance to wear a brace-ready mouth guard while participating in sports. Even something as docile as croquet can lead to a visit to the emergency room, dentist, and finally orthodontist for appliance repairs. It doesn’t have to be an accident-prone sport to be susceptible to injury-causing accidents!

Also, if you play a wind or brass instrument, the idea of playing with braces may be intimidating. Luckily, you don’t need any special mouth pieces or mouth guards to play effectively. You will adjust naturally to the appliance and play as you always have.

Soreness and Loose Teeth

After adjustments, you may experience soreness or bite sensitivity. You may want to avoid tougher foods like steak and apple wedges and opt for mashed potatoes and oatmeal until the tenderness subsides. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil to lessen the soreness.

You may also experience loose teeth! Don’t worry, this is normal. Your teeth must loosen to be moved into their appropriate spots. Once they are in their final place, the gum tissue and ligaments will heal, making your teeth firm in their places once again.

Get Your Best Smile NOW!


Dr. Barnett and Barnett Orthodontics of Austin and Round Rock, Texas (TX), can help your loved one or you achieve your best smile ever. However, we want you to feel confident that your choice of an orthodontist in Austin, Texas, or Round Rock, Texas, is the right one.

Follow the steps below to start your journey towards your future smile today!

  1. Read our free report: “Top 10 Things You Should Know Before Choosing Your Orthodontist
  2. If you have additional questions or wish to schedule your first appointment, call 512.343.0062, or contact us via our online contact form!
  3. Schedule your 100% no-obligation Barnett Smile Analysis, which includes an exam, digital x-rays, and a consultation, by simply calling 512.343.0062 or by clicking here. ($249 Value, Yours Free!)
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7800 N. Mopac Expressway,
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Austin, TX 78759
512.343.0062




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Round Rock, TX 78681
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