Orthodontics

Braces

Orthodontics

Braces

Why Braces?

  • For patients who may not be a good candidate for Invisalign, or for those who prefer braces, we’ve got you covered.
  • At G & G Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, all patients will receive Self Ligating Braces, which use a clip to hold your archwire in place instead of traditional rubber bands.
  • These clips allow for quicker and easier wire adjustments.
  • No more tightening is required, which can all mean less time in the orthodontist’s chair!
  • Self Ligating braces also have a low-profile design with sculpted edges to create a smoother surface against your cheeks and lips.
  • They are smaller, less noticeable, and easier to brush around and can be a great choice for any age

Benefits of Self Ligating Braces

  • By combining the aesthetic appeal of traditional clear aligners with the efficiency and comfort of self-ligating braces, these innovative orthodontic appliances provide incredible results in a shorter period.
  • These technological marvels feature clear tieless brackets and high-technology archwires for quick and discreet treatment. Unlike traditional brackets, they don’t need frequent tightening, which reduces the friction on your teeth, gums, and mouth.
  • They are also resistant to stains and discolorations, remaining practically invisible during your entire treatment. If you’re looking for an effective, convenient, and fuss-free solution for orthodontic problems, this is it!

What is the difference?

Traditional

  • Use archwires, brackets, and rubber bands to straighten and realign crooked teeth.
  • Rubber bands trap food particles, and this can lead to plaque build-up and decay.
  • More friction and pressure on the tooth.
  • The treatment takes longer.

Self-Ligating

  • Use specially designed clips to hold the archwires in place instead of rubber bands.
  • It is easier to keep your teeth clean because there are no rubber bands.
  • Brackets are thinner, smaller, and less noticeable.
  • Less pressure and friction are placed on the tooth.
  • Treatment is quicker.

Tips & Tricks for Enjoying Braces

Congratulations – you now have braces! This is a huge step toward perfecting your beautiful smile. Now, you probably have endless questions about what it will be like to live with braces. By following a few basic tips, you can protect your braces from damage and achieve the best possible result for your smile.

Adapting to Braces in Your First Week

Your first week is definitely the hardest. You will feel soreness and sensitivity so be extra gentle on your mouth the first week. Once you get through week one, you will be able to expand your food choices.

Here are a few tips for the first few days:

What to Eat with Braces

Soft, easy to chew, and nutritious – these are the keys to eating well with braces. A wide variety of foods absolutely fit the bill!
With so much variety to choose from, wearing braces doesn’t have to dramatically change your eating habits! Focus on selecting foods that don’t require too much chewing, especially when your braces are new. Being conscientious about your eating habits will ensure that your braces last the full course of treatment without damage, leading to the best possible result.

What Foods to Avoid with Braces

Now that you have braces, you will want to protect them from damage and choose foods that are easier and more enjoyable to eat! As the previous list shows, most foods truly are okay with braces. However, there are some foods you should definitely avoid.
Why is it so important to take good care of your braces? The goal of braces is to create a beautiful, healthy smile. But if you’re not taking care of them, your teeth can develop cavities, stains, and even gum problems. Eating foods that can damage your braces is likely to extend your treatment time, and significant damage will require additional appointments to repair the damage.

Developing Healthy Dental Habits

Getting braces can seem intimidating, but sticking to foods that are orthodontist-approved will help your mouth will get used to them with minimal discomfort. We are always here to answer any questions you may have about your treatment plan, braces care, and orthodontic dental routines.

Let us support you on your journey to a healthy, stunning smile!

Eating with Braces: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Eat Chips with Braces?​

Yes…but it depends on what kinds! If you eat one chip at a time, you should be able to enjoy a variety of chips. Stick with the softer, baked options like Pringles, baked chips, cheese puffs, and even some varieties of alternative chips such as lentil or kale chips. You should absolutely avoid chips like kettle chips, thick and crunchy chips, and Cheetos.

Can I Eat Cereal with Braces?

Cereal is one of the most popular breakfast choices in America, and the idea of giving up your typical breakfast can be worrying! However, many types of cereal are perfectly ok for braces. Since cereal softens as it is exposed to milk, you can eat most types of cereal. Allowing it to soften until it’s safe to eat should be all that’s required for most of your favorites. But be conscious of the crunch! Granola and other crunchy cereals are not good choices, as they can dislodge the brackets or break wires. Consider including soft oatmeal or other cooked cereals if you wish to include more grains in your diet.

How Can I Protect My Braces from Food?

The key to protecting your braces is to choose foods that are easy to chew and won’t stick to your teeth. You can enjoy a wide variety of foods including smoothies, eggs, cheeses, yogurt, tofu, oatmeal, muffins, pancakes, cooked veggies, and ice cream! Good oral care is the other part of wearing braces. Floss regularly, clean under the wires and around each bracket with your brush, and clean the back of each tooth to keep your mouth healthy and fresh while the braces work to perfect your smile!

Can I Eat Popcorn with Braces?

Popcorn hulls are definitely not braces-friendly. Unless you can find corn puffs or “hulless” popcorn, you are at too much risk for damage. Popcorn is a common cause of tooth damage even without braces, but with them you run the additional risk of the hulls getting stuck under the wires and between teeth with very little ability to remove them.

What Will Gum Do to My Braces?

Chewing gum is definitely a hazard for braces. It’s sticky and can adhere to the brackets, get stuck behind the wires and could also stick to your rubber bands. As you chew, you also run the risk of bending or breaking wires which will impact your treatment plan and likely require you to come in for repairs.

Can I Eat Pizza with Braces?

Pizza can be braces-friendly, if you choose the right type! The crust needs to be your main consideration – you will need to choose soft crusts. Avoid thick, crunchy, and even thin crusts to protect your braces from damage. Beyond that though, the possibilities are endless! You could even experiment with making your own pizzas, complete with favorite toppings and a homemade or store-bought crust!