Having braces is much more comfortable than it used to be, especially when you receive your braces at Murray Orthodontics. That’s because Anchorage Invisalign Elite provider Dr. Murray is dedicated to delivering the best and latest technologies to you.

THE FIRST FEW DAYS after each appointment there might be some general tenderness of your teeth and mouth. Your teeth might even feel a little loose (after all - they’re on the move). You may want to take a little Advil or Tylenol (what you would normally take for a headache) for the first couple of days. The tenderness will subside within several days.

Colored Braces

Before you get your braces, think about what color bands you would like on your braces. Visit our braces color page to learn more about colored braces. Some people even choose multiple colors for their bands!


  • We recommend you use a soft bristled tooth brush with a small head. Electric and sonic tooth brushes also work well.

  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.

  • If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.

  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.

  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.

  • We recommend that you have a regular check up with your dentist every 6 months.

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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:-). The truth is - you can eat most foods as long as you avoid things that would cause you to break a bracket, bend a wire or get caught up in the braces where you are unable to remove it. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues. Feel free to print this list out and put it up on the fridge.

Foods to AVOID with braces:

  • Chewy foods — whole bagels, licorice

  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice

  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum

  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies

  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots, etc.

Foods you CAN eat with braces:

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  • 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, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)

  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake