We offer traditional metal braces to patients of all ages. Whether a patient is 15 or 55, it’s never too late to get the smile of your dreams. During your consultation, our dentist will be able to determine if you’re a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Dr. Jones will also be able to walk you through your next steps so you know what to expect.
Metal braces work by exerting constant but gentle pressure on your teeth. Over time, this pressure shifts your teeth into optimal alignment.
Here’s what else you need to know.
About Metal Braces
Our dentist is qualified to offer both metal braces to our patients. One of the main advantages of metal braces is that they tend to be more effective at straightening severely crowded teeth. The metal braces are bonded to the fronts of the patient’s teeth.
Schedule a consultation with our dentist to know if metal braces are right for you.
How to Care For Your Metal Braces
When you have braces, it’s important to brush your teeth around four to five times a day. This means brushing after every meal if possible, to prevent food from getting stuck.
What you eat and do not eat will directly affect the condition of your teeth during orthodontic treatment.
Here are some tips on what kinds of foods you should avoid and how to carefully enjoy some of your favorites.
How to Eat Hard Foods With Braces
At times, it’s difficult to break and chew certain foods. Eating hard foods can be harmful during orthodontic treatment because they can bend or break wires and even displace brackets. Avoid them entirely after you have had your wires changed, since teeth are the most tender at this stage.
Tips for eating hard foods:
- Fruits are an essential part of a balanced diet. If you want to eat apples, pears, and peaches, do not directly bite into them. Instead, cut them into small pieces before consuming.
- If you enjoy eating almonds, cashews, or peanuts, consider grinding them and adding it to cereals and yogurt.
- While eating chicken wings or ribs, remove the bones before consuming your meal. This prevents you from accidentally chewing on a bone and dislocating a bracket.
- While eating corn, remove the kernels from the cob to help prevent damage to your braces.
- Avoid chewing on ice. You can suck on ice cubes but never bite them.
How to Eat Sticky and Sweet Foods With Braces
Sticky foods can get stuck to your teeth and braces, and can even result in the braces getting pulled off. Sweet foods are high in sugar and their consumption can lead to tooth decay.
Tips for eating sticky and sweet foods:
- If you enjoy eating candy, try sucking on them instead of chewing them. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water to avoid sugar buildup on your teeth.
- Avoid chewing on gum. Gum can stick to braces and may be difficult to clean. It can also loosen the wires and brackets.
Request an Appointment With Us
Our dentist in Muskegon, MI, is accepting new patients and would be more than happy to help you explore your orthodontic options. To request an appointment, please feel free to call the dental office of Bruce Jones DDS at (231) 780-5158. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will reach out to you soon.