In about 4 weeks I'm getting braces. I want to brace myself (pardon the pun) for what to expect.
What kinds of things can I eat?? I'm getting ceramic up the top so I've heard curry and red wine is off the menu due to staining risks - what about pumpkin soup?? Not sure I can make it through winter without it!!
Tell me all you know - the good, the bad and the ugly!! What helped you?
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14-03-2012 06:49 #1
Tell me all about your braces
14-03-2012 07:06 #2Our family is complete!
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I'm getting braces on the 1st May but have to have a consult with my dentist about what kinds to get. On a quick read though it's the bands that stain, not the braces themselves. Coffee, tea, wine and red sauces seem to be the biggest culprits for staining. I'll be talking to my dentist about it because we eat a lot of red sauces...lots of allergies in this family and it would be hard to not have red sauces. My dentist is pretty cool so he might be happy to change the bands more regularly for me. He is very big on making sure that people are mentally okay with having stuff done to their teeth.
I had braces when I was a teenager (they stuffed up big time). I didn't mind them but I'd prefer to not have a mouth full of metal again...I've already done that in the past. I have wires on the back on my teeth right now and they have done a lot of the work for me so I should only need braces for around 6 months.
14-03-2012 07:14 #3
14-03-2012 07:16 #4
Hey I got mine on sept 1st 2010. You get spacers between your
Molars for the prior week and was on soft foods for about 5days with them. For me the first 10 days after getting them on were very painful I could only have stuff like soup, ice cream, custard etc. With the first tightening I ate same first for a about a week. Then after that after each tightening the pain would only last about 3-4days eating soft foods but also stuff like grapes soft sandwiches noodles pasta etc I've even had a cheeseburger at times if I've craved it bad enough buger the pain lol. then I could eat pretty much anything between tightening. It depends on what needs to be done how bad your teeth are initially to how painful it will be mine were pretty bad. Some things are annoying to eat like salads. I have metal top and bottom with a jaw widener across the roof of mouth and mini screws in my jaw above my molars connected to the braces. I'm really happy with what they've done for me I'm hoping to get them off mid year and if
Not at least before Christmas fx'd
I made a similar thread years ago if you have a search you may find some tips in there
Not sure what else to say. How excited are you!!!!!! It's soooo worth it. I can put some before and afters up if you like?
I was supposed to get 2 jaw surgeries too but was too scared that's why they are did the widener and
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14-03-2012 07:26 #5
14-03-2012 08:11 #6
I got braces put on last November (2011) so I am fairly new to the braces thing! I have metal top and bottom and I am pregnant too, so there is a lot of shifting going on with my teeth due to the relaxin hormone which is to my benefit!
It's only been 4 months so far and honestly it's true what they say about you not really feeling them after a while. Initially I was so self conscious about a mouth full of metal when I spoke to people, as they felt foreign and cumbersome and I was getting used to having them there. However now, I don't think about them unless I am eating and brushing.
Getitng them on wasn't the least bit painful, but 24 hours later it did, every...single...tooth ached and were extremely sensitive, so during that phase I ate soft foods etc. The only other time they have been painful or sensitive was when I have had my adjustments, but that only happens every few months, so it's not a biggie.
Fortunately I didn't suffer with any blisters, but I did get some abrasions on the sides of my cheeks initially because my mouth wasn't used to having them there. My recommendation is to make sure you have plenty of wax, it's the BEST thing to put over your wires or any rough bits that irritate your gums/mouth.
You will work out what you can and can't eat over time, the things the Orthodontist emphasised to me not to eat were ice cubes, pop corn, any sticky or hard boiled lollies, chewing gum (unless it was sugar free) and whole apples or hard fruits that you need to bite into.
Any else like steak etc, you eat bite size and obviously not well done.
I find noodles, pasta, rice, salad, crisps and sandwiches my biggest hassle, but I find once I've eaten I run my tongue around my braces to try and dislodge what is stuck/caught up and then brush my teeth.
You will turn into a brushing and flossing freak (moreso than ever) and my Orthodontist gives everyone an egg timer so that you brush for at least 3 minutes!
With it all, it is the feeling in the world getting braces when you have longed for them and in my case, that has been as long as I can remember, so to me it's a life changing boost that I needed.
Feel free to PM if you need any other questions answered after this long novel!
14-03-2012 09:22 #7Senior Member
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not sure its the same but i had braces as a teenager. When i fist had them one it was really painful for about 2 weeks. I lived on mashed potato and soup .
The after that it was fine, i could eat anything...except i couldnt bit into an apple of corn on the cob . That and i made the mistake of chewing gum one...needless to say i NEVER did that again!!!
When i had the tightened (wires changed) it was painful for a few days then normal again!
The first thing i did when i had them take off was BITE INTO AN APPLE!! Ahhh, bliss!
14-03-2012 17:51 #8
Don't eat really hard things (like rock candy ) I snapped atleast 4 brackets right off the tooth.
And some times after tightening I would get really bad headaches. So have pain relief ready. Oh and wear your retainer when they come off. If i ever get them again (need minor straightening) I'm having my wisdom teeth out first and asking for a permanent retainer. Like a little metal bar behind your teeth.
14-03-2012 17:53 #9Senior Member
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I had braces a few years ago (as an adult) and I found it so much less painful and generally easier than I was expecting.
One of the best things I have ever done for myself actually! My teeth were very, very wonky before and I used to get a clicking jaw from the misalignment. I'm very happy I got it done.
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My only advice is to try not to use your tongue to get food out/off your teeth. I had cheezels once, and was using my tongue to try get it off around the braces etc, and somehow got the bottom of my tongue stuck on a brace. Like I'm talking the flappy bit that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. I had to see my orthodontist immediately so he could release it, and he laughed at me and told me he had never seen such a thing before. He couldn't work out how on earth I got the bottom of my tongue stuck on a brace at the back of my mouth. Gosh it was painful too.
All the rest is about the same as what PPs said, painful for about a week after they get put on (I was in tears daily) and after adjustments but apart from that all was ok.
I loved how smooth my teeth felt after they got taken off.
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