Life With Braces

We will be honest with you: getting braces is a life-changing event, but in a good way! Yes, braces will take a little getting used to, and there are some things that you will have to do a little differently. But do not worry! Our orthodontist, Dr. Richard Risinger, and our team will be with you every step of the way. Take some time to follow these links to learn more about life with braces in Glastonbury, Connecticut. If you still have some questions or would like to plan for your free initial consultation, call Risinger Orthodontics at 860-633-8321 today.



Receiving your braces is the first step toward great oral health and a beautiful smile that can last the rest of your life, and our office is the best place to take that first step! But continuing to treat your smile in the best way takes a bit of extra time, dedication and mindfulness.

Thankfully, we do not expect you to learn how to do this all on your own. Our experienced team has helped countless patients successfully straighten their smiles with traditional and ceramic braces, and we know almost all of the tips, tricks and pointers that will help you go through your braces experience as quickly and painlessly as possible.

When you first receive your braces, our orthodontist will teach you how to live with them. This means changing many daily habits you might be taking for granted, such as eating and brushing, but will soon become second nature. As you ease into your new life of wearing braces, you will come to realize that it is not nearly as bad as some people make it out to be! It can even help you establish good oral health habits that will benefit you for years to come.

When you begin wearing braces, it is important that you take good care of them throughout your treatment. Keeping your braces in good condition helps ensure that your treatment progresses as planned. Below are a few guidelines to help you keep your braces in top shape and care for your teeth properly during your treatment.

Eating With Braces

There are some foods that you should avoid while wearing braces in order to prevent your braces from being damaged. These include:

  • Chewy foods — such as bagels and licorice
  • Crunchy foods — such as popcorn, ice and chips
  • Sticky foods — such as caramel and chewing gum
  • Hard foods — such as nuts and hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — such as corn on the cob, raw carrots and uncut apples

Soreness Caused by Braces and Appliances

Your teeth and mouth may feel tender or sore when you begin wearing braces. This should go away within a few days. Your lips, cheeks and tongue may become irritated for the first few weeks while your mouth adjusts. Our orthodontist can provide you with wax to put over your braces to help relieve tenderness and discomfort. You may also take a mild pain reliever.

Loose Teeth

Your teeth might feel a little loose as your treatment progresses. This is normal and is caused by the repositioning of your teeth. Once your teeth have achieved their proper position, they will stop feeling loose.

Loose Wires and Bands

If the wires and bands on your braces come loose, call our office immediately so that we can check your braces and make any needed repairs or adjustments. If a piece of your appliance breaks off, save the piece and bring it with you.

Take Care of Your Appliances

Damaged appliances increase the length of your treatment. Your teeth and jaw can only move into the proper positions when your appliances are in good condition and are worn consistently. Take good care of your appliances and wear your headgear, retainer, rubber bands or other appliances as directed.

Sports, Musical Instruments and Braces

You can still play sports and musical instruments while wearing braces. We recommend that you wear an athletic mouth guard to protect your teeth, gums and appliances during sporting activities. You may need to make a few adjustments while playing a musical instrument, but your braces should not cause any problems.

If you have any other questions about life with braces, please feel free to contact our office.