Orthodontic treatment is a significant investment for your future. When you decided to get treatment, your main goal was to finally have properly aligned teeth no matter how long it takes. That is why dentists at Family Orthodontics note that it is critical that you take care of your gums and teeth after you get your braces.
The Tooth-Friendly Diet
Dental experts are getting more and more worried about the drinks and acidic foods today that can harm the enamel of the tooth. Patients who sip these for a long time or consume these frequently are susceptible to the damage. Even though most high acid foods are actually healthy for the body, some low acid foods are better for your teeth. As soon as you commit to the orthodontic treatment, you have to commit to low acid foods.
Fruits that have high acidity are raspberries, pineapples, plums, peaches, pears, oranges, cherries and apples. On the other hand, you can eat melons, mangoes and bananas that have low acidity. When it comes to vegetables, pickles and tomatoes have high acid, while beets, lettuce, cucumbers and carrots have low acid. To quench your thirst, avoid sports drinks, fruit drinks and soft drinks, whether they are regular or diet. Stick with milk and water that are good for your teeth.
For other meals, keep your choppers away from BBQ sauces, salsas and vinaigrette dressings. Don’t worry for you can still enjoy crackers, pasta, soups, eggs, seafood, poultry and meat that don’t ruin your teeth.
The Brace-Friendly Diet and Habits
You have to be extra careful with your teeth once you have braces. Keep in mind that there are foods that can bend, break or loosen your bands and wires. Refrain from eating hard foods like hard cookies and nuts, or even chewing ice. When eating carrots and apples, you should always chop them into smaller pieces before you eat them to lessen the strain on your braces. Do not eat sticky foods like fruit bars, muesli, toffees and caramels, or chew gum.
Moreover, you have to stop your bad habits like nervously picking at your wires, pencil chewing, unnatural tongue thrusting and nail biting. These small habits could eventually break your wires, so try to stop yourself before you have to add a strain on your finances, too.
You already know that you have to thoroughly clean your teeth, even more, when you get braces. You also have to take more care of your health now, too. This might seem like a huge maintenance for you, but always remember that your sacrifices will be worth your perfectly-aligned teeth in the end.