Drs. Perlman & Koidin, P.C.

(781) 599-2900
77 Broad Street
Lynn, MA 01902

Life with Braces

Please note: Contents of this website are for informational purposes only.

Dr. Koidin picking out elastics with an orthodontic patient.

Eating with Braces

Once treatment has begun, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of food to avoid. For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you'll be able to bite a cucumber again! But you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.


  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, and chips.
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum, fruit roll-ups, taffy
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots (cut them up instead)

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

How often should I brush my teeth?

It is more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients should brush their teeth in the morning and at night every day.

How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?

Now that you have your braces in place, it is just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regiment through the length of your treatment as it was before. Having your teeth cleaned by our hygienists twice a year is the best way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease. Our hygienists use special instruments to clean your teeth while the braces are in place.

Can I still play sports?

Yes! A protective mouth guard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

Loose Wire or Band

Don't be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose, this happens occasionally. If something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set time for you.

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