Life with Braces in Sugar Land, TX

life with braces

At Braces in Sugar Land, we want your smile and your braces experience to be amazing! During your first visit to our Sugar Land orthodontic office, Dr. Rodriguez will go over your treatment options and alternatives, along with the pros and cons of each, so you will have realistic expectations of your treatment and what you need to do to get the smile you want.

Ensuring Your Smile Success

For the most part, your life won’t change much while you have braces, but there are a few things you’ll need to pay attention to.

  • Keep up with hygiene: Brush, floss, and rinse with fluoride no less than two times per day.
  • Show up to your appointments: During your adjustment visits, we will go over where we’re at with treatment process, what we’re doing and why we do it at every appointment, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
  • Follow all instructions: Wear your elastics (rubber bands) if prescribed and a mouthguard that fits over your braces whenever participating in contact sports.
  • Always contact our office: If you have questions about anything, you can call or text at 281.313.8890, or use our online Book an Appointment feature!

Eating with Braces

When it comes to eating with braces, use common sense. Anything you think might break a bracket will probably break a bracket.

What to eat:

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunchmeats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

What to avoid:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.

Loose Teeth

If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

Take Care of Your Appliances

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Playing Sports with Braces

Game, Set, Match — we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.

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4724 Sweetwater Blvd #103
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(281) 313-8890

Office Hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 8AM - 5PM
Wednesday: 9AM - 6PM
Thursday & Friday: 8AM - 5PM