There are some foods that you should avoid while wearing braces in order to prevent your braces from being damaged. These include:

  • chewy
  • crunchy
  • sticky
  • hard
  • require biting into

When you begin treatment our highly trained orthodontic assistants will discuss more in depth on what to avoid with braces.


Your teeth and mouth may feel tender or sore when you begin wearing braces. This should go away within a few days. Your lips, cheeks and tongue may become irritated for the first few weeks while your mouth adjusts. The following can help:

  • wax
  • mild pain reliever

Braces First Aid

Have a poking wire? Broken bracket? Loose appliance?

Call our office!

Do not clip any wires

Apply wax if needed

We will help you schedule an appointment to get things corrected!

Sports & Musical Instruments

You can still play sports and musical instruments while wearing braces. We recommend that you wear an athletic mouth guard to protect your teeth, gums and appliances during sporting activities. You may need to make a few adjustments while playing a musical instrument, but your braces should not cause any problems.