Life with Braces

It's the bomb

Having braces is much more comfortable than it used to be, especially when you get your braces at Harwell & Cook Orthodontics. That’s because we offer the latest technologies to every patient.

The braces experience is different for every patient. Many go through treatment without any discomfort, but for others, there can be a little discomfort when they first get their braces on. For everyone, your time in braces can be a great time in your life as you see your new smile taking shape. Below you’ll find some information that will help you minimize your time in treatment and maximize your comfort while your braces are on.


Helpful Tips

  • We recommend you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Electric and sonic toothbrushes are also recommended.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • If you have eaten while away from home, use an interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • We recommend that you have a check up with your dentist every 6 months.

Eating With Braces

Without eating your brackets

You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true - if your favorite food is hard candy:-). Truth is - you can eat most anything as long as you avoid things that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues. Feel free to print this list out and put it up on the fridge.


Foods to BE CAREFUL or avoid eating with braces:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is okay)
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Sugary, sweet drinks (like sodas) should also be avoided

Foods you CAN eat without being careful:

  • 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, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake