Call Us 413-737-2200

LIVING WITH BRACES

Choosing the correct braces for your lifestyle depends on concerns such as allergies, aesthetics, and cost among others. Our orthodontist will work directly with you to help you figure out the perfect one. After all – you’re the one who will be wearing it.

 Available Braces

  • Braces technology has advanced greatly over time. Your choices include:
  • Metal wired braces – Children with nickel allergies will have other choices available
  • Ceramic wired braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Clear aligners
  • Wearing braces will be short-term so you’ll want to get the most out of them. While wearing your braces, you’ll be avoiding or cutting hard foods such as raw vegetables, croutons, and corn on the cob that can break or damage the braces.

http://orthoaz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/foods-card-copy.jpgThe main foods you will be taking a break from eating are:

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • Sticky and hard candy
  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Corn chips
  • Pretzels
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Sticky or hard chocolate

Some foods you will continue to enjoy while wearing your braces include:

  • Soft fruits – like bananas, kiwis, oranges
  • steamed vegetables – like cauliflower, spinach,  broccoli
  • Dairy products – like yogurt and cheese
  • Soft meats
  • Seafood
  • Soft treats such as pudding, applesauce, jello, ice-cream etc.
  • Soft grains and pastas
  • Soft breads
  • Soups
  • Beans among others.

Mouth Guards to Protect Braces

If your child plays sports, we will consult with you on how to protect his/her braces with a mouth guard. Remember that even activities like biking, rollerblading or playing a pickup game of football or basketball can be a risk, so wear a mouth guard for these types of activities, as well. If you have an emergency and suspect that your braces might have been damaged or shifted out of place, please contact our office immediately.