Obtaining braces is the first step toward straightening your teeth and getting the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of. Unfortunately, there are a few changes to your lifestyle that may have to be made when you first get braces. Certain foods can be difficult to thoroughly remove from your braces, which can lead to tooth decay. Harder foods can also cause damage to the braces and, ultimately, your teeth.
Gum or Sticky Sweets
Gum or sticky sweets such as caramel or taffy are extremely difficult to remove from your braces. Having food particles stuck in your teeth significantly contributes to tooth decay. The sugar will feed bacteria and the acid levels will grow. Refraining from eating these foods can help keep your smile healthy while you have braces.
Soda is one of the leading contributors to tooth decay. This condition is more difficult to treat with braces, though it is still important to obtain regular dental visits when you have braces. Soda can significantly stain braces, as well as your teeth. Staining your teeth can create an uneven color after the braces are removed.
Popcorn kernels can easily be stuck between the teeth. Braces can make the kernels more difficult to remove. It is best to avoid eating popcorn while you have braces.
Though we offer full-orthodontic services here at Mt. Ogden Dental Clinic, braces aren’t your only option. We also offer Invisalign services as an alternative to your straightening techniques. Invisalign won’t result in any dietary restrictions, so you can still eat all of the foods you love.
Straightening your teeth doesn’t have to be a difficult process. We have the expertise to help you determine which straightening method is right for you. To learn more about the options for straightening your teeth, contact us at Mt. Ogden Dental Clinic today!