Let’s continue from where we left off in part 1 of this series. Maintaining proper oral hygiene with orthodontics can be complicated and through this two-part series, we help you in making things easy.
What can you eat when you have brackets?
One of the aspects that influences the health of your mouth is food. It is important that you eat a balanced and healthy diet.
Here are some of the foods you should avoid:
Eat very little sugary foods
Foods that have a high content of refined sugar such as soda and candy are harmful to the health of your teeth. These contribute to plaque formation and enamel discoloration.
If you consume sugars you should make sure your brush when finished. This will help you maintain your teeth health.
Avoid drinking dark drinks
Drinks such as coffee, wine and some soft drinks have a color that affects the enamel of the teeth if consumed very frequently. Another of the oral hygiene tips with orthodontics is brushing after you drink such beverages. If you cannot do it, drink plenty of water.
Avoid foods that can damage your braces
There are some foods that can adhere to your braces and even damage them. Some of them are:
- Whole corn
- Bubble gum
- Some whole fruits like apple
- Candy and some of its derivatives
- Hard foods
Recommended foods to eat with orthodontics
The foods that will provide you with the necessary nutrients to strengthen your teeth, keep your mouth in good health and also take care of your orthodontics are:
- Lean proteins
Avoid grinding or pressing the bite too much
Some people develop the habit of grinding or pressing their teeth. Both actions can cause serious damage to your teeth or your braces. Wear, sensitivity and cracks in the teeth are just some of the consequences that these customs can generate. You should also avoid eating your nails, opening bottles with your teeth, chewing ice and holding things with your mouth.
Visit your dentist periodically
If you are carrying out an orthodontic treatment, it is essential that you visit your orthodontist regularly. In this way you can evaluate the progress or treat any anomaly that occurs. In addition, if any tooth decay or infection occurs, the dentist will treat it before it affects the treatment. Ideally, you should attend a consultation with your orthodontist once a month, every 45 days or when the doctor tells you to. It is important that if you notice that some element of your fixed orthodontics is not in good condition or has moved from its position, and indicate it to the specialist right away!