Braces and other orthodontics are a serious and expensive investment in your oral health. Straight teeth are easier to clean, safer for your smile and will make you feel more self-confident and attractive. You don’t want to spend a great deal of money and time on your orthodontics, only to damage them. In most cases, damage to your orthodontics can be repaired, but it is an expense you probably don’t want to incur.
One of the best ways to prevent damage to your braces is by watching your diet. When you first get your braces, you will probably want to stay with soft foods since they will not irritate a sore mouth as much. But once you are used to your braces, you will undoubtedly start to feel a little more adventurous when it comes to what you eat.
Hard and tough foods can damage your braces. Things like beef jerky, nuts, popcorn, hard candy and other foods can break a wire or cause a bracket to come loose. They can also become lodges in your dental work. Chewy and sticky foods are tough to remove from your braces, and if those foods are snacks for foods filled with starch and sugar, their continued presence on your teeth can lead to tooth decay. Even hard fruits and vegetables can cause problems for your dental work. While it is a good idea to avoid those sticky foods, if you want to enjoy things that may be tough on your dental work, you should cut them into smaller pieces before eating them. While you and your orthodontist will likely become well acquainted in the months to come, you should also remember to visit your regular dentist for your routine cleanings and exams. You should brush and floss your teeth 30 minutes after every meal.
If you are thinking about braces for yourself or a member of your family, or if your dentist has suggested that you should consider orthodontics, we would love to meet you for an exam and a consultation. If you live in the Duluth, Georgia, area and would like to make an appointment at Meadowbrook Family Dentistry, call 770-622-5909 today. We look forward to seeing your new smile!