~ Life with Braces ~
Hard – apples, carrots and other raw vegetables
Crunchy – popcorn, chips
Tough – bagels, corn on the cob, sandwiches, steak, ribs
There are a few tricks around some problem foods. You can cook your vegetables to make them softer, cut your corn off the cob, and slice apples and sandwiches into small, bite sized pieces.
If you’re in doubt about a particular food, ask one of our team members.
If it’s a flexible wire, you might be able to push it back into place. You can use a pencil eraser to push the down any poking wire. Dental wax will also be your friend; roll a ball and place on the spot to cover the problem area. Next, schedule an appointment to have the wire, bracket, or band repaired.
When threading the floss, it is a good practice to start by pushing the floss vertically from the top to the bottom on your upper teeth and from the bottom to the top on your bottom teeth, always threading away from your gums. Once threaded, carefully floss around each tooth and gum, moving the floss up and down, just like you did without braces.