Life With Braces
In order for braces to dramatically improve the state of your smile, you need to take special care and precaution throughout the entire treatment process. Learning which foods to avoid, how to care for your braces and what adjustments you’ll need to make to your daily oral hygiene routine can take some time. Fortunately, our staff at Senestraro Family Orthodontics will provide you with the support, knowledge, and care needed to keep your braces functioning at their best. Caring for your braces starts with gaining a better understanding of the treatment process and the type of braces you wear.
As a leading orthodontist in Wilsonville, Oregon – as well as Sherwood, SE Portland, Tillamook, and Woodstock – Dr. Senestraro utilizes the innovative technology of indirect bonding to place patients’ braces more quickly, comfortably and more accurately than traditional methods that can take hours to complete. Using a plaster model of your teeth, Dr. Senestraro digitally measures a patient’s smile to determine the optimal position for the application of each metal bracket. The doctor will then affix your braces directly to the surface of the lab-generated model of your teeth. A comfortable tray that looks similar to a mouthguard is then created and used to transfer the brackets from the model directly to a perfectly adjusted position on the surface of your teeth. The ideal placement of your braces helps to ensure a fantastic final result, while also reducing the amount to time it takes to complete your orthodontic treatment. A great smile in less time – that’s the Senestraro Family Orthodontics difference!
Crafted from stainless steel, traditional metallic braces have become smaller and more comfortable to wear than ever before. Patients of all ages select traditional metallic braces in order to achieve the healthy, attractive smile they desire. Because orthodontic treatment requires constant attention, periodic tightening is required so pressure can gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw as needed. While alternative methods of orthodontic treatment are available, traditional metallic braces offer a variety of advantages that include ease of cleaning, cost, durability and consistent results. If you are looking for adult or kids’ braces in Wilsonville or any one of our four locations, our team at Senestraro Family Orthodontics has you covered.
Made from a clear material that blends seamlessly into the natural appearance of your smile, ceramic braces offer the advantage of being far less noticeable than traditional metallic braces. Because they are hardly noticeable, many teens and adults prefer ceramic braces over traditional braces. While ceramic braces offer a more natural appearance, ceramic brackets break more easily when compared to metal brackets, which can be detrimental to the correct placement of a patient’s bottom teeth during treatment. As a result of this inconsistency, ceramic braces are typically only applied to a patient’s top teeth.
Eating With Braces
Wearing braces does require some concessions when it comes to the types of foods you can eat. Even though you may miss eating some of your favorite foods during your orthodontic treatment process, a healthier, better-looking smile will reward your restraint. To keep your braces functioning properly, you’ll need to learn the difference between what you can eat and what you should avoid.
Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces
- Chewy foods — bagels, donuts
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, potato chips
- Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
- Foods you bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Foods You CAN EAT While Wearing Braces
- Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, beverages made from dairy
- Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Grains — pasta, quinoa
- Meats/poultry — soft, cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, beans
- Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
Soreness Caused By Wearing Braces
Shortly after your braces are first applied and after most adjustments, your mouth and teeth may feel a little sore or tender. Fortunately, these feelings are entirely common and will typically go way within a few days. To relieve any discomfort you may experience, Dr. Senestraro recommends dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish the mixture around in your mouth for a few minutes to relieve any discomfort, but make sure not to swallow.
If the discomfort does not dissipate after rinsing, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. You may also experience irritation to your lips, cheeks, and tongue for the first week or two after having your braces placed, as it takes a little time for these delicate areas of the mouth become accustomed to the presence of braces. We happily provide wax you can place over certain areas of your braces to reduce tenderness. If you’d like some wax, please let us know!