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Things to Avoid With Braces

Dec 17

Written by: Dr. David Chen
12/17/2018 11:42 PM  RssIcon

New to braces or had them on for a few months and not sure if you remember all the “no no’s” for braces? We’ve got you covered. We have compiled a list of some of the main things to avoid now that you have braces to avoid bending or breaking them and most importantly, avoiding pain for your mouth.

Chewing on ice, gum and sticky things-  Biting on ice or chewing on sticky candy or gum can cause you braces to bend and break which will cause pain for you as well as require a visit to your orthodontist to have the affected sections repaired.

Avoiding Floss- Just like it is important to floss without braces, it is even more important when you do have them because food can get trapped between the wires and between your teeth. If left there, your teeth will develop plaque and will begin to eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing other dental issues. It isn’t easy to floss with braces, but it is very important and should not be skipped.

Sodas and other Sugary Beverages! - Another thing that should be avoided anyway for dental and health reasons, it is even more important to avoid these things when wearing braces. The acid and carbonation in soda can damage the dental glue used to attach the brackets to your teeth or settle underneath them and cause cavities. This is even more of an issue with those wearing Invisalign which will turn into a sugar bath for your teeth.

NEVER use your teeth for tools-  This is another one of those things you shouldn’t do regardless of braces, but it is even more of an issue with braces. Using your teeth to tear open bags, bite things (other than food) or open bottles should never be done. This can cause chips and breaks to the enamel of your teeth and damage the brackets and wires of your braces. Grab a pair of scissors instead!

Have more questions? Then give our office a call at (281) 225-6784 and we’ll gladly answer them for you! We want this process to be as easy and painless as possible!


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