With new technology and orthodontic advancements, braces are getting to be more convenient and comfortable than ever! Braces won’t disrupt your life too much while you are getting the smile of your dreams. However, there are minor adjustments you might need to make to some eating habits to ensure your braces work effectively and efficiently!
When we place braces on a patient, we tell them we’re putting something on their teeth that is not naturally supposed to be there. The brackets are bonded to the teeth with a strong adhesive, but we want those braces to come off at some point in time. It’s a bit of a balancing act determining how well we bond the brackets to the teeth. We want the brackets to hold, but we also want them to release at the end of treatment.
It’s not solely up to the orthodontist to determine whether braces stay put, though. It also takes a commitment on behalf of the patient to get a successful outcome, and this is where some changes might come in.
You’ve probably heard it a million times before—avoid eating sticky, chewy, or crunchy foods when you have braces. This can include hard or sticky candy, crunchy raw veggies or popcorn. During your consultation treatment, we’ll provide an extensive list and go over it in detail with you. This conversation is an important one because your commitment to caring for your braces will help us achieve a successful outcome! Certain foods are more likely to damage your braces and potentially slow the process. Of course, we are always ready to fix any broken brackets as soon as possible, but your experience will be much more smooth if you make a few easy changes.
Some foods—like carrots, apples, or corn on the cob—can be cut into smaller pieces to prevent damage to the brackets. Other foods—like hard or sticky candies—should just be avoided until the brackets come off. It’s a small price to pay during the duration of your treatment.
In addition to being aware of what food you eat, it’s also important to remember that you need to take extra care cleaning your teeth when you have braces. The food you eat—even the soft, safe food—can still get trapped between the brackets and wires and your teeth. If it stays there for a long time, bacteria in your mouth can cause damage to your teeth. Have you ever seen white spots on someone’s teeth after braces were removed? That comes from leaving food on the teeth that the bacteria will feed on, not the actual bracket. Don’t let this happen to you! That’s why we recommend brushing and flossing after each meal.
Changes to your diet and oral health practices are small actions you can take to ensure that your path to the perfect smile runs smoothly. Got more questions? We’ve got all of the answers in our book.
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