When you first get your set of braces, you’ll get lots of new instructions for taking care of them. It can seem a bit overwhelming and maybe even annoying, at first! Here at East Cobb Orthodontics, we understand how it can feel. But we can’t stress enough, just how important it is to take special care of your braces!
In this post, we’re going to review why avoiding certain foods is very important to making a success of your orthodontic treatment.
In general, you want to avoid foods that have a hard or sticky texture. Some foods that are notorious for damaging orthodontia include:
- Hard candy
- Gummies and caramels
- Large pieces of crunchy foods like apples and carrots
- Get Through Treatment Faster
When you damage your braces with an off-limits food, you need to have them repaired. Your braces are carefully designed to move your teeth as safely and quickly as possible. Each bracket and wire is important! Neglecting to fix even one small piece can slow down treatment and possibly complicate it further.
- Save Yourself on Emergency Visits!
It almost goes without saying that if your braces aren’t damaged, you won’t need to come in for an unscheduled visit! Accidents happen, but avoiding them in the first place can save you a lot of time.
- Lower Your Cavity Risk
Sticky sweet foods tend to cling to bands and hang around braces a lot longer. These foods contain acids, which promote tooth decay. Keeping these foods to a minimum will help you to keep your teeth cleaner.
Healthy Smiles for Marietta Folks
We love to create beautiful smiles and want our patients to understand how they can get the most of their orthodontic treatment. For more information, call East Cobb Orthodontics today!