The Food and Beverage Rules to Obey When You Have Braces

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If you are aligning your smile with braces, then you need to obey the rules set for treatment. The rules exist to help you have a successful and convenient orthodontic treatment. This is because they help you care for your teeth, gums and appliance. As you probably already know, there are specific food and beverage rules for the braces journey. Our dentist, Dr. Raul Ramirez, wants to help you follow those rules by reminding you of them on our blog today. Those rules are:

-Don’t eat sticky and chewy foods (These foods can apply pressure to the brackets and pull them off your teeth. They can also cling to the tooth enamel and promote cavities)

-Don’t chew gum (Chewing gum can do the same as eating sticky and chewy foods)

-Don’t eat popcorn (Popcorn kernels can get stuck between your teeth and cause a lot of pain. They can also damage your braces wires or get stuck in areas where you can’t get them out)

-Don’t eat nuts, seeds or chunky peanut butter (These foods can force the wires out of place when you chew them)

-Don’t eat thick or crunchy foods (These foods can pull the brackets loose, especially if you bite into them with your front teeth)

-Don’t eat corn on the cob (Biting into things can pull the brackets off the teeth)

-Don’t eat beef jerky (Tearing things with your teeth can damage the appliance and harm your teeth)

-Don’t drink soda (Soda is usually sugary or acidic. Both of those things can wear down the tooth enamel and cause decay)

Do you have any questions about the rules set for braces in Metairie, Louisiana? If so, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Raul Ramirez DDS at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 504-885-3255 and we will be more than happy to help you!