Braces in San Jose, CA

Life with Braces

If you are one of our braces patients in San Jose, you will need to make some adjustments to accommodate your new appliance. You will need to make several changes—but don’t let that fact intimidate you! Before you know it, everything will seem like second nature. And since you are one of our Santa Clara area braces patients, we will be happy to give you guidance in making these adjustments with San Jose Braces.

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Eating with Braces

Out of the changes you have to make, the dietary changes are the hardest to adjust to. If your favorite foods are on the banned list, you might feel as though you are being punished for choosing to get orthodontic treatment. However, there are many foods you can eat, and even those you are cautioned against eating can often be modified to work for you while in the treatment of Campbell Braces.

So what can you eat? Plenty of things! In fact, this is what you should be focusing on, instead of dwelling on what you cannot have. There are plenty of braces-friendly recipes online and we will even share some of our favorites with you while you are in the office—and give you some tips and tricks for making the restricted foods braces-safe.

The first few days after the appliance has been placed are always the most difficult for our Campbell area braces patients. During those initial days, your teeth will be very sensitive to biting pressure as they cope with adjusting to the forces exerted by the appliance. You will need to stick to soft foods until your teeth begin to adjust. However, it isn’t all negative: you have an excuse to eat all the ice cream you want.

Once those days are over, you will still need to avoid certain items. No tough meats, chewy or hard-crust breads, and no crisp veggies. We know that all of our San Jose braces patients see their appliance as an investment, and avoiding these foods is how you protect that investment.

Protecting that investment also means that any chewing habits need to be eliminated. If you nervously btie your nails or chew on pens when thinking, you will need to stop. A damaged appliance means costly repairs and longer treatment—things all of our Santa Clara area braces patients surely want to avoid.

Braces in San Jose, CA


  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob,
  • Apples, Carrots

General Soreness

Right after your appliance is placed, you will experience some soreness for about 3-5 days. Your teeth and gums must adjust to the sudden addition of the appliance and the forces it exerts to do its job. However, this pain should not be severe; an OTC pain reliever, such as Tylenol, should suffice. You may also experience the feeling of irritation on your lips, cheeks, and tongue for a week or so as they adjust to the appliance as well. We give all of our Campbell area braces patients dental wax that can be used to lessen the irritation.

With each adjustment of your appliance, you will likely experience this soreness once again, but to a lesser degree and for less time. Use the same OTC pain reliever to cope with this.

Loosening of Teeth

This aspect of getting braces is often the most disconcerting for our San Jose braces patients. The sensation of loose teeth can send you into a panic, feeling as though your teeth are going to fall out. However, you can rest assured that your teeth are not going to fall out; they must loosen up so that the appliance can move them to their correct position. Once your treatment is finished, they will firm up in place. So, when you start to experience this sensation, don’t panic—it is all part of the journey our Santa Clara area braces patients must embark on in their effort to achieve the smile of their dreams.

Loose Wire or Band

Most of our San Jose braces patients will experience a loose wire or band during treatment. While it may seem alarming, you should not panic. In fact, you can likely deal with it at home well enough to reduce irritation until you can see the doctor. If a wire is poking and irritating you, use the eraser end of a pencil to gently push it back under the archwire. You can also use some dental wax to reduce irritation.

Just keep in mind that successful treatment requires a good doctor/patient relationship and dedication to the treatment on the part of the patient. The appliance will only work if it is well-maintained and used correctly.

Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, Dr. JC Cadena can provide patients with more options when it comes to straightening than ever before. While regular metal braces are still widely used, clear braces are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth. Please see below or ask us to learn more about the types of braces we offer at our office.

Braces in San Jose, CA

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type of braces for orthodontic patients. Today’s metal braces are much smaller, flatter, and more comfortable than in the past. Patients of all ages choose metal braces to help them achieve straight, beautiful smiles with the Santa Clara Braces

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Braces in San Jose, CA

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, they are used mainly on older teenagers as well as adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger than metal braces. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking.

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Braces in San Jose, CA


Clear appliances, such as Invisalign or Clear Correct, use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are convenient. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

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