Orthodontic Treatment: (Braces)

If you are feeling self-conscious about your smile due to crooked, gappy or misshapen teeth, you may be a candidate for orthodontics. Book your consultation by contacting our friendly team at Dental Care Solutions on: 9476 2522

We look forward to working with you, and to being a part of this wonderful, life-changing experience. Please contact our office—Dental Care Solutions in Hornsby to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation. Your lifetime of happy smiles starts here.

Equally important, Dr. Rabeeh and the Team take great pride in the relationships we build with our patients and their families. All patients and parents are encouraged to take an active role during orthodontic treatment. We want you to feel comfortable while in our care.

A careful orthodontic patient can probably eat any food and do no damage to the braces; However, these three types of foods may cause trouble.” -Dr. Rabeeh Bahrampourian

  1. Hard Foods
  2. Sticky and Chewy Foods
  3. Foods high in sugar content

HARD, STICKY, AND CHEWY FOODS… May do damage by bending the arch wires, loosening the cement under the bands, or breaking the little brackets and tubes that may be attached to the tooth or bands. Some of the foods of this type are listed below along with the way they may be eaten if possible.

  • CARROTS AND CELERY STICKS – Grated, cooked, or cut very thin.
  • FRUITS – Peeled and cut into wedges.
  • FRENCH BREAD AND HARD ROLLS – Cut into small pieces.
  • PIZZA AND BAGELS – Be careful on tough crust.
  • CHICKEN AND RIBS – Please cut meat off bones.
  • POPCORN – Avoid hard kernels, husks can get caught between gums and teeth causing infections and swelling.
  • HARD TACO SHELLS – Try soft tacos.
  • CHEWING ICE CUBES – A thousand times NO! they destroy your braces.
  • HARD CHIPS – Yikes! Please do not eat.
  • CHEWING PENCILS/PENS – No! No! Your parents feed you.
  • CORNUTS AND NUTS – Do not eat these…we’re watching.
  • ANYTHING “GUMMY” – Trust us

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

  • Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins w/o 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, fruit juice
  • Treats – ice cream, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake

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 for patients who have just gotten their braces put on, and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve the discomfort we recommend Panadol or nurofen.

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 will give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need more 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 in order 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.

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. Call us as soon as possible.