Stacee Burson DMD MS​
5508 Cowhorn Creek Rd​
Texarkana, TX 75503​
(903) 334-8080​

Life With Braces

Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

Complimentary Exam


Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.


  • –  Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • –  Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • –  Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • –  Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • –  Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots


  • –  Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • –  Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • –  Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • –  Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • –  Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • –  Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • –  Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • –  Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake


When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever!

To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax that you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.


If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don’t worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been re-positioned, they will no longer be loose.


The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.


Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances.

Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.


Game, Set, Match — we have great news for athletes! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment!

If you do play sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.

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Hey Burson Family!! Just letting all of our patients know during this unusual COVID-19 time, we are here at the office during normal business hours. We are following the AAO and CDC precautions for COVID-19 and only seeing emergency patients at this time. As always, if you have an orthodontic emergency during the weekend hours, please call our office to leave a message and our on-call staff member will return your call. We miss you all and hopefully will be back to normal soon!
Dr. Burson and The Burson Team!

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We are wanting our patients and friends to know we will remain open at this time.
•To decrease the exposure in our office - We are evaluating and eliminating the high traffic areas in our office such as coffee stand, our fresh baked cookies, and our toothbrush area. - We are going to limit the amount of non-essential appointment such as retainer check appointments. Our office will be in contact with you to reschedule for a later date. •If you are having any orthodontic concerns, we will be happy to address them through emails, Facebook messenger or over the phone.
• If you feel comfortable, please have your child come into the office alone. Please do not bring children without appointments into the office.
One of our office mottos is “To be available for our patients” and with these precautions we feel confident in our ability to be there for you!

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