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So, you’ve gotten braces. What will your life be like now that they are going to be a part of your mouth for a time? Well, it is important to know how to properly take care of them, and how to work around them in your daily routine.

Eating
You can rest assured that one day soon you’ll be able to eat any kind of food you desire, but until then, stay away from foods and snacks that would get stuck in, or might dislodge your braces. Some examples of problematic items are whole apples, corn on the cob, licorice, popcorn, caramel candy, chewing gum, hard candy, nuts, etc.

Soreness
A common complaint among new wearers of braces is soreness and tenderness. This is perfectly normal as you’re getting used to them and have just had them tightened. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever and gargle with salt water to ease the pain.

Toughening Up the Internal Mouth Tissues
The inside cheeks, lips and tongue may become irritated by brushing up against the braces until they are used to them. Use dental wax to cover the sharp bits and smooth over the problematic areas.

Wear a Mouthguard for Sports
Good news if you play sports! There is no problem playing with braces, just get a properly fitting mouthguard and everything should be good.

Contact Your Dentist If…
Finally, should the wires and bands on your braces become loose or you have a sporting accident to your mouth, come in to see us immediately.

If you need braces, come and see Dr. Stephan Ramsay for a consultation and evaluation. Please contact Ramsay Orthodontics to make an appointment at: 512-346-1384, or come by our office in Austin, Texas.