Orthodontic procedures such as braces or Invisalign can be a great way to straighten your teeth. It’s been shown that your smile is a direct contributor to your level of self-confidence, so a straighter smile can actually improve your outlook on life. There are, however, a few trade-offs during your treatment period that you should be aware of before jumping in. Perhaps the biggest disadvantage to having your teeth straightened is the restrictions imposed on food and drink. This may or may not seem like a big deal, but it can certainly be a little confusing, especially for new patients. So, let’s dive in and discuss the dos and don’ts when it comes to food consumption during treatment.
For those that have traditional metal braces, dietary restrictions should be taken very seriously. An orthodontist will recommend that you avoid certain foods to preserve the integrity of your braces. Failure to comply could result in broken brackets, bent wires, and, ultimately, a longer treatment time. Below is a list of common foods that you should avoid:
- Tough, crunchy foods such as apples or carrots should be avoided. If the food were to come into direct contact with your braces, you may pop a bracket.
- Excessively sticky foods such as taffy or chewing gum can easily latch onto wires and brackets in your mouth and pull them away from the tooth.
- Biting directly into something like a burger or corn on the cob puts a strain on your teeth and your braces.
- Sugary foods and drinks can coat your teeth and create a buildup of plaque. Braces make it more difficult to clean your teeth effectively, increasing the potential for cavities.
Many people prefer Invisalign for the convenience and aesthetic advantages. One of the most considerable differences between braces and Invisalign comes with how you handle food. Braces are firmly cemented in your mouth, but Invisalign trays can and should be removed before eating. This makes it easier to eat whatever you want without worry of damage.
Even so, be sure not to eat or drink anything that might stain or warp your plastic aligner trays. Moreover, sugary treats are okay, but you should brush the sugar from your teeth before putting the Invisalign back in.
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Here at Noble Orthodontics, we make sure to provide our patients with a full list of food and drink to avoid during treatment. You wouldn’t want to prolong your treatment any longer than necessary. If you’re interested in braces or Invisalign, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to giving you full confidence in your smile!