Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter and our team know that braces create a lot of changes in our patients’ lives. Since orthodontic treatments often last for many months, we have provided some guidelines on our website to help your treatment run smoothly. Call our orthodontist today if you want to learn more about our braces in Astoria, New York.

Food To Avoid
There are certain foods you should avoid eating during a straightening treatment because they can damage your braces. Broken braces are not only uncomfortable, but they cannot effectively align your teeth. For this reason, we suggest avoiding some of the following foods while wearing braces:

  • Chewy foods: licorice, bagels
  • Crunchy foods: chips, popcorn, ice
  • Sticky foods: chewing gum, caramel
  • Hard foods: nuts, hard candies
  • Foods you bite into: apples, corn on the cob, carrots

Discomfort & Braces
Unfortunately, braces may feel uncomfortable at times because of the pressure they place on teeth. However, discomfort is usually temporary, occurring after you receive braces or after you get them tightened. Rinsing with salt water or taking a pain reliever can help reduce discomfort. The braces may also cause oral sores to develop in your mouth after you first receive them. You can cover the braces with an orthodontic wax in order to relieve the pain of these sores.

Damaged Braces
If a wire or bracket of your braces breaks or loosens, then we ask that you call our office as soon as possible so we can repair the damage. You can temporarily fix the problem by pushing a loose wire back into place with the eraser end of a pencil or the back of a spoon. You can also cover the broken braces with orthodontic wax or a wet cotton ball.

Sports & Braces
If you enjoy playing sports, then we strongly recommend wearing a mouth guard, especially while undergoing an orthodontic treatment. This oral appliance will cushion impact forces, reducing your risk for the oral trauma that can break braces and cause injury to your teeth.