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Life with Braces

Now that you have your braces, it’s essential to understand how to care for them properly throughout your orthodontic treatment journey.

Eating with Braces

While you’ll eventually be able to enjoy your favorite treats again, it’s crucial to avoid certain foods that could damage your braces. Steer clear of chewy, crunchy, sticky, and hard foods, as well as items that require biting into things like corn on the cob or apples. Instead, opt for softer alternatives like dairy products, bread, grains, meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and treats like ice cream or Jell-O.

Soreness Caused by Braces and Appliances

It’s normal to experience some discomfort or soreness in your teeth and mouth after getting braces. To alleviate this, rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution and consider taking a pain reliever if needed. You may also notice irritation to your lips, cheeks, or tongue, which can be relieved by using wax provided by your orthodontist.

Loose Teeth, Wires, and Bands

Looseness in your teeth is a natural part of the braces process as they are gradually repositioned. If wires or bands become loose, contact your orthodontist for repairs. In the meantime, you can gently push the wire back into place or apply wax to alleviate any discomfort.

Taking Care of Your Appliances

Consistently wearing your rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other prescribed appliances is essential for the success of your treatment. Damaged appliances can prolong your treatment, so handle them with care and follow your orthodontist’s instructions closely.

Playing Sports with Braces

Athletes can still participate in sports while wearing braces, but it’s crucial to protect your teeth and appliances with a mouthguard. In the event of a sports-related emergency, check for any damage to your mouth or braces and contact your orthodontist promptly for assistance. Temporary relief can be provided with wax or a saltwater rinse.

"I highly recommend this office to anyone who is searching for orthodontic treatment. They treat all ages, I couldn't see myself or my family going anywhere else." - Andrea C.

"Dr. Kawata has been a part of my family for two generations! I was blessed to be his patient as a teenager and now my children are blessed to be his patients. I know that we are getting the best care available." - S.E.

"My experiences with Dr. Kawata’s office have been overwhelmingly positive. From the friendly and helpful staff to the wonderful orthodontic care." - Diana R.

"Dr. Kawata’s practice makes you truly feel like part of a family!" - Angie A.

"My experience has been great! Everyone in the office is very nice, kind, and caring." - Maria O.

"I had a really great experience here over the past few years. Everyone in the office is so welcoming and friendly. I wouldn’t have wanted to get my braces anywhere else." - Cassie F.

"All four of our kids have had their orthodontic work through Dr. Kawata. In all the years we’ve been coming, his office has consistently been a pleasure to come to and I am happy to recommend his services to all my friends." - Cindy B.