Life With Braces

Can Be Amazing

Orthodontic treatment is much more comfortable than it used to be, especially when you choose Carolina Braces. Dr. Kent and Dr. Foley offer the latest technologies designed to make orthodontics better than ever. If you choose Invisalign®, you’ll be able to eat, drink and brush normally, but taking a little extra care in cleaning your teeth and choosing what to eat when you have braces is a good idea. You’ll find lots of good information on braces care below.

It’s not uncommon for some patients to feel minor discomfort for the first few days after they first get their braces on. Teeth might even feel a little loose (after all – they’re on the move.) While many patients say it’s no big deal, some patients choose to keep some pain reliever (just like you’d take for a headache) handy for a day or two after each appointment. Tenderness usually subsides within a few days. If you have questions or need to Contact Us. Don’t hesitate!

Helpful Tips


  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Electric and sonic toothbrushes are also acceptable.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • If having eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • Have a check up with your dentist every 6 months.

Eating With Braces

Helpful Information On Eating With Braces

You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true - if your favorite food is hard candy:-).

Truth is - you can eat most anything as long as you avoid anything that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Take a look at the lists below to get a better idea of the basics. And remember, we are always here to help.


  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is okay)
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies

  • All You Can Eat

  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Questions Answered

Getting information before or during a process can be challenging, but Carolina Braces is there for you! We have assembled a F.A.Q. section below from patients that have asked the same questions you might be likely to ask. So take a read and if you don't see your question, reach out to us, we are always more than happy to assist.