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Addressing the Challenges of Wearing Braces Philadelphia, PA
Orthodontic Treatment

There is no doubt that braces provide several benefits for the wearer. However, it is also important to acknowledge and address the challenges you or your child may face. Every individual will have different experiences, depending on the type of braces used in treatment.

It is up to parents, caregivers, the orthodontist and the wearer to navigate these challenges together. Reinforcing the benefits of braces and finding healthy ways to compromise are good starting points. There are common obstacles that will result in the most discomfort and restrictions. This is where most support is needed.

Pain After Tightening

Some individuals experience pain and discomfort when braces are tightened. This typically lasts for no more than a few days. Eating and drinking are difficult during this period. It is therefore important to identify foods that are soft and easy to chew. Pureeing acceptable foods may help when pain is most severe.

Food Choices

Braces use relatively simply mechanisms to align and straighten teeth. However, some components may trap particles of certain foods. Your orthodontist will provide guidance on which foods are most manageable during treatment. At Broad Street Braces, we recommend avoiding problem foods, as trapped particles can aid tooth decay.

Adjusting to Special Brushes

Wearing braces means adjusting to a new oral health regimen. In some cases, special tooth brushes are needed to keep the teeth and braces clean. The wearer will receive guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques at Broad Street Braces.

Fizzy Drinks

Unfortunately, you may need to give up your favorite beverages when wearing braces. A general list of drinks to avoid includes:

  • Fizzy Drinks
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Natural Fruit Juices
  • Energy Drinks
  • Sports Drinks

Your orthodontist will provide additional advice based on your lifestyle and any medical needs. These problematic drinks can stain the teeth around the components of your braces, as well as contributing to potential tooth decay.

Self-Confidence Issues

Although wearing braces is common, some individuals still feel self-conscious when speaking, smiling or laughing. Reassurance from family, friends and the orthodontics team is helpful. If you need further support, do not hesitate to call our Broad Street Braces offices in Philadelphia today.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!