If you’re on this page, you might be getting braces really soon or today’s your first day of treatment. Knowing how to take care of your braces properly throughout your entire orthodontic treatment is important, and your Perih Smile family is here to help you.

Eating with Braces

Choosing the right food will make your treatment more comfortable and prevent any breakage or poking parts. It is recommended to have a soft diet on your first few days while you acclimatize to wearing your braces. Avoid tough meats, hard bread, sticky sweet

life in braces, Scranton Orthodonticstreats, and raw vegetables that can loosen, dislodge, or deform any part of your braces.

Some examples of food to avoid are hard candy, popcorn, corn on the cob, tootsie rolls, caramels, taffy, and other chewy candies.

In addition, you should take note that the higher the sugar you consume, the higher the chance of tooth decay. With additional components in your teeth (i.e., brackets, wires), you increase the chances of bacteria and food getting trapped in your teeth. Thus, it is very crucial to watch what you eat.

Forbidden Foods

Eating proper foods, minimizing sugar intake and getting enough sleep are essential during orthodontic treatment. Your braces are precise appliances that can be damaged by eating hard foods. Some soft and sticky foods can cause tooth decay and loosen or dislodge your braces.

Hard Foods to Avoid Include:


  • Hard Candy
  • Corn Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Jerky
  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Pizza Crust
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Jolly Ranchers

Soft Foods to Avoid Include:


  • Bubble Gum
  • Gum (as directed by your orthodontist)
  • Starbursts
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Gummy Bears
  • Caramels
  • Taffy
  • Other chewy candies

Acid Charts

The higher the sugar, the higher the chance of tooth decay!




The Power of Sour!

Acid in candies can also be very harmful for your teeth! The lower the pH, the higher the risks for tooth decay. The longer the substance is in the mouth (slowly dissolving) the higher the risk!


Be sure to brush TWICE a day and floss regularly! Drink lots of water! Avoid candies and sugar that are harmful to your teeth.

General Soreness

It is usual to feel general soreness in your mouth and tenderness in your teeth when biting for three to five days. This is because your teeth move to new positions and should lessen after a few days. If the discomfort is unbearable, take pain relievers like ibuprofen to get some relief.

You may also experience irritations on lips, cheeks, and tongue as they toughen and get used to the surface of the braces. You can put orthodontic wax over the parts causing discomfort to be relieved.

Loosening of Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new corrected positions.

Care of Appliances

Healthy teeth and gums are vital to the success of your braces treatment. Brush and floss regularly to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay, which can delay your braces treatment. You may use adjunct cleaning tools like an interdental brush, floss threader, and water flosser to make cleaning your teeth easier.


It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.



Wearing braces won’t stop you from playing sports. However, it is essential for you to wear a protective mouthguard to prevent injury to your soft tissues (i.e., lips and cheeks) while playing contact sports.

We provide mouthguards to our patients for $10. Dr. Perih is now a provider of Under Armour Performance Mouthguard. These are custom-made for contact and non-contact sports. If you would like a mouthguard, please talk to any team member of Perih Smile.

Loose Wire, Band, or Brackets

A loose wire, band, or brackets can happen and aren’t serious emergencies. This can result from eating hard or sticky food, bumping into something or playing with your brackets.

If a wire is poking your cheeks, do not cut it or push it. Try covering it with orthodontic wax to prevent causing irritations in your mouth. If your band or bracket popped out, place it in a clean container or seal it in a bag and call our office as soon as possible for an appointment, where we can put it back into your mouth.

Please do not do any DIY at home, as it may cause your braces treatment to go in the wrong direction.

Emergency Care

If you are experiencing severe pain or loose parts on your braces, give us a call. We can help you manage the situation or ask you to visit our office for an emergency appointment.