Life With Braces

Life With Braces

Life With Braces

Eating with Braces

What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you can and cannot eat. For the first day or so, you may want to stick to a softer diet until you get fully comfortable with your braces. Avoid chewy candy, and biting into hard breads, and raw vegetables. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you have your braces.

Foods to Avoid

Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
Sticky foods: caramels, gum
Hard foods: nuts, candy
Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

Invisalign Teen Product Fits In with a Teen’s Active Lifestyle

Invisalign Teen Product is a clear removable aligner that doesn’t interfere with a teen’s active lifestyle. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, an orthodontist, Spokesperson for Invisalign Teen, and an Invisalign Elite Premier Provider located in New York city says:

I find that my teen patients are more confident since they are straightening their teeth with barely anyone noticing.

Parents also love the Invisalign Teen Product because it’s no more expensive than regular braces.

Teeth Grinding | Management & Cures

You have probably read about gnashing of the teeth. Authors from Mark Twain to Charles Dickens to the scribes of biblical times have referenced this popular idiom for an expression of extreme anger. But if you find yourself or a family member gnashing or grinding teeth, the more likely culprit is not anger, but stress.

bruxism, a word that comes from the Greek brychein which means to gnash the teeth
The medical term for teeth grinding or clenching is bruxism, a word that comes from the Greek brychein which means to gnash the teeth. Although there is not a firm consensus in the medical community regarding the exact causes of bruxism, it is widely thought that stress is a contributing factor in many cases.

Because bruxism frequently takes place during sleep, it can be tricky to identify the problem. Itis important to be aware of the symptoms. If you suspect that you or a family member is experiencing bruxism, schedule an appointment with us immediately. Because continuous teeth grinding can cause long-term damage, the sooner it is addressed, the better.

Signs of bruxism include:
Sensitivity in the teeth
Tightness or pain in the jaw
Dull headaches, earaches, or facial pain
Chipped, worn down, or loose teeth
Night grinding that is loud enough to disturb the sleep of those nearby

Adults and children alike are prone to teeth grinding
Adults and children alike are prone to teeth grinding, although in young children the habit tends to be age-related – bruxism can coincide with the arrival of new teeth – and in most cases is simply outgrown.
For children and adults suffering from bruxism, seek out signs of stress and take steps to alleviate anxiety, especially just before bedtime. Stretching exercises and massage, especially in the jaw area, can help. You can also try holding a warm washcloth or heated rice sack against the jaw to relieve tension.

Other ways to manage bruxism include:

Cut back on caffeine and alcohol
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
Relax right before bedtime with a warm bath or shower
Help your jaw learn to relax by quitting any chewing habits (pens, pencils, gum)
When clenching or grinding happens during the day, place your tongue between your teeth to serve as a reminder to avoid the habit

Teeth grinding can result in chipped teeth, worn enamel, and chronic pain
Although slight cases of bruxism do not cause permanent damage, severe or long-term moderate cases can result in chipped teeth, worn enamel, and chronic pain. Bruxism can also lead to or worsen temporomandibular jaw disorder (TMJ). If someone in your family is experiencing bruxism, schedule a visit to our office right away. We can check for damage, determine the severity of the situation, and recommend methods of managing the problem before long-term damage occurs.

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