Orthodontics should not cause any major changes in your day to day activities.  You can still dine out, sing, play musical instruments, play sports, and have beautiful pictures taken.  With proper care and maintenance you can maintain your way to a healthier smile. When making your dining choices, choose softer foods and avoid foods that are particularly hard, chewy, crunchy, or sticky.  It is a good idea to cut or tear pizza crust, thick bagels, and thick sandwiches before eating them rather than trying to bite through them.  Chopping up items like apples or carrots is also recommended.  After an adjustment, you may find that your teeth are a little more sensitive, so choosing a softer meal like pasta, soups, or a healthy smoothie can be a good choice.  You should never chew gum or chew on ice. For certain sports a mouth guard is recommended.  Ask us at your next visit so we can help choose the right one for your specific needs. Carefully follow all instructions you were given regarding your care at the office and most importantly practice good oral hygiene.  Specific instruction sheets for each appliance and good tooth brushing follow: