Individuals seeking a smile makeover through teeth straightening will achieve many benefits. Unfortunately, while wearing braces, a few sacrifices are necessary to reap those final rewards.
Some dietary changes are needed after your orthodontist has cemented the bands, brackets and wires to teeth. During those first few days, some minor discomfort may restrict the patient to soft foods including soup, pudding, yogurt, and eggs.
Once the initial adjustment period has passed, there will still be food restrictions, including: [pullquote]Good dental health contributes greatly to overall health so minor inconveniences now can pay big rewards later.[/pullquote]
• Sticky foods like caramel or taffy can bend or break dental braces.
• Chewing gum is prohibited – although technically not a food, gum is forbidden.
• Anything that must be bitten into with the teeth, most notably many fresh fruits like an apple, vegetables like corn on the cob, or meat like ribs are on the list. This does not mean that all of these foods are off limits, though. Foods that can be cut into small pieces are allowed. Biting into these foods directly can bend or break dental braces, but eaten carefully in small bites can help to prevent this potential damage.
• Hard or crunchy foods like nuts, corn chips and pretzels should be avoided.
• Hard candy or ice can be sucked on, but never chewed.
• Sugary or acidic beverages need to be consumed in strict moderation. Problems like dental decay or tooth discoloration may not be noticed during treatment, but once the braces are removed telltale signs of over indulging may be evident.
Other considerations, if chewing fingernails, pencil tops, or any other inanimate objects is normal activity for you, it will be necessary to fore-go these habits. But these are good habits to break, so at least you have motivation to stop.
Hearing the list of sacrifices needed during treatment may seem disconcerting, especially to a youngster. But the reward at the conclusion of treatment will be monumental. In addition to a beautiful smile, your dental malocclusion will be eliminated making the over bite, under bite or cross bite disappear.
Aesthetics aside, excellent dental health can be achieved once the occlusion is corrected with braces. Reaching areas with dental floss and a toothbrush will be easy at the conclusion of treatment. Good dental health contributes greatly to overall health so minor inconveniences now can pay big rewards later.
For more information on how to care for your braces or if you have additional dental concerns, schedule an appointment with the experienced dental team at Brush Country Dental & Specialty Center, serving San Antonio and neighboring communities. Call 830-281-2500 to arrange your consultation.