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Life with braces doesn’t have to be challenging, especially with Stokes Orthodontics by your side. We’ll give you the tools to take care of your braces for your entire orthodontic treatment.


You’ll be eating your favorite foods sooner than you expect. But before you get to that point, make sure you avoid foods that can damage your new braces.

Foods to Take a Healthy Break From:

  • Chewy foods like bagels and licorice
  • Crunchy foods like popcorn, chips, and ice
  • Sticky foods like caramel candies and chewing gum
  • Hard foods like nuts and hard candies
  • Chomping foods like corn on the cob, apples, and carrots

Slight Discomfort Leads to Beautiful Results

After your initial treatment, your teeth, gums, and mouth may become a little tender or sensitive. Rest assured. This is completely normal, and it won’t last forever.

Pro tip: To relieve the pain, swish and gargle with a solution of one teaspoon of salt dissolved in eight ounces of lukewarm water for only a couple of minutes. Do not swallow the saltwater.

For pain that is more severe, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may help lessen your symptoms. You may experience irritation to your lips, cheeks, and tongue for one to two weeks as your mouth becomes accustomed to the braces. We offer wax that can be placed over the braces to reduce tenderness. Contact us for additional information.

Maintaining Proper Tension on Wires & Bands

Contact us as soon as possible if your wires or bands loosen. We will investigate and repair your braces, keeping you on the path to a more brilliant smile. Save any pieces that fall off, bringing them to your appointment with you.

Pro tip: Use the back of a spoon or eraser end of a pencil to gently and carefully push the wire back into place as a temporary fix for a loose wire. Use the wax we offer or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire if it irritates your lips or cheeks.

Proper Appliance Care

The path to a better smile begins with taking care of the tools and appliances at your disposal. Damaged appliances can extend your treatment process. So, ensure you take care of your appliances and contact us if they need repairing. Also, make sure to wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainers, or other appliances prescribed by Dr. Stokes and her team so that your teeth and jaw receive the treatment they need.

Staying Active with Braces

If you play sports, your braces won’t stop you from coming out on top. Follow Dr. Stokes’ recommendations, such as wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and appliances. We can help fit you for a mouthguard that offers the best protection possible.

In the event of a sports emergency, inspect your mouth and appliance for possible damage. Contact our office immediately if you notice loose teeth or appliance damage. Remember, apply wax or rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to relieve discomfort.

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6011 Morriss Road
Suite 100A
Flower Mound, TX 75028 214.513.4486

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2921 N Heritage Parkway
Suite 200
Sherman, TX 75092 903.328.2128

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