Eating with Braces

Wearing braces should never be painful, but you’ll find in the beginning that your mouth may feel a bit sore. We recommend sticking to a diet of soft foods until your mouth has gotten used to the braces. During the course of your treatment, you will need to make a few modifications to your diet. If you wear bracket and wire braces, you’ll need to avoid any foods that are too hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy to avoid damaging your appliance. We also recommend avoiding food and drinks that are high in sugar.

Foods to Avoid

Some foods can be modified to work with braces. Instead of eating raw carrots, for instance, cook them for a bit to make them softer. You can cut corn off the cob, and cut crunchy foods like apples into bite sized pieces. If you ever have a question about your diet, you can always discuss it with us.

General Soreness

The first few days after you get your braces will probably be a bit sore and tender. This will last approximately three to five days. Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater can provide relief – dissolve a teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water and swish in your mouth. If your soreness is more severe, you can take an over the counter painkiller, such as Tylenol. Cold compresses and cold foods and drinks can also help. If you have irritation to the inside of your mouth, you can use orthodontic wax. It can take some time for the inside of your mouth to get used to the braces, but orthodontic wax can help soften any areas that are irritating.

Loosening of Teeth

If your teeth feel loose during treatment – good! That means the treatment is working. In order to move to their new locations, your teeth must first loosen from their current locations. Once treatment is finished and you wear your retainer, your teeth will become affixed to their new places.

Loose Wire or Band

It is possible that throughout your treatment you may have a wire or band become loose. We know this can be discomforting and irritating, but it has an easy fix. You can, of course, come to the office, or you could take a blunt instrument to gently push the wire back to a more comfortable position. If the irritation on the inside of your mouth continues, you can rinse your mouth with salted warm water while you wait to come to the office to get it permanently fixed. Schedule a visit and we will take care of that for you.

Care of Appliances

That means wearing your rubber bands, headgear or clear aligner as prescribed, and taking good care of your appliances and your teeth. Failing to do so can lengthen treatment time or even result in cavities.


It’s more important than ever to take care of your teeth and gums while you’re in braces. Your braces will create a lot of nooks and crannies for food particles to become stuck, so it is important to take extra time when brushing and flossing.  We will teach you everything you need to know and give you an oral hygiene kit so you have all the tools you need for great oral health.  It is also important to continue to see your regular dentist for check-ups and cleanings during your orthodontic treatment. Patients who are not diligent about their oral care while in braces may require more frequent visits to their dentists. If you are an adult patient who has a history of gum disease, it may be wise to see a periodontist while in treatment to ensure your gum disease is kept at bay.


Wearing braces doesn’t need to prevent you from doing things you love, but you may need to take some extra precautions, especially if you are an athlete. A blow to the face or mouth can be even more damaging while in braces, so we recommend all athletes who play contact sports or are involved in any activity where an injury to the face could occur wear a properly fitting mouthguard.


Dental braces are a type of orthodontic appliance used to correct the positioning of your teeth and, on occasion, fix the alignment of your jaws to help the development of dental structures and correct conditions that are harmful to your dental health. Here in our Albany office, we install braces to help patients get a well-aligned smile

Dental braces can help a lot if you have malaligned teeth or jaws. Braces are specially designed to move your teeth into place, realign your jaws, or both. Braces will slowly reorganize your dental structures to ensure you have a straight and healthier smile. If you are from El Cerrito, you can be sure you can count on us to fix your orthodontic problems.

Needing dental braces is apparent when you are an adult. Younger patients may not know they need braces until most of their permanent teeth have erupted; however, a trained orthodontist can determine the need for braces much sooner and work proactively to avoid serious dental health complications. Patients coming from any neighboring city like Richmond can feel free to consult with us if they need this treatment or not.

If you suspect a child may need to have braces installed, you might want to take them to the orthodontist around age 7. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends this age because, on average, patients have lost most of their primary teeth, and some of their permanent teeth have begun erupting, but their jaws are still in development. Feel free to come by our Albany office anytime.

When considering braces treatment, an orthodontist will not just look at your teeth. It is possible your jaws also need alignment, and you may receive the recommendation to wear braces if this were the case. The only way to be certain is to visit an orthodontist and you can come to our office in Albany whenever you want.

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. If needed, early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.