The newly acquired braces on your teeth are there to slowly and painlessly move your teeth into a more desirable position over a period of time. Just like a new car has a maintenance manual to ensure a smooth operation and long life of the machine, you have special care instructions for your dental hardware. One of the changes in your temporary lifestyle is your diet. Here are five foods to avoid during this transition time.
1. Hard Foods
Whole raw fruits or vegetables that have to be bitten by the front teeth may forcibly bend wires or cause braces to pull loose. Cutting apples or carrots into smaller pieces and chewing them with the back molars is an easy solution. This is a perfect time to concentrate your energy-providing nutrients by juicing a medley of garden goodies. Your body needs all the nutrition possible during this adventure to alleviate any minor stress. Add naturally juiced oranges for the potassium content daily and a green-leaf smoothie for healing protein.
2. Chewing Gum
Chewing gum and bubble gum end up sticking to the braces and create unnecessary force to the hardware. Removing debris may unnecessarily pull on braces causing a detachment. Hold off on your gum addiction until your braces are finished with their cosmetic job.
3. High Sugar Selections
Acidic and sugary soft drink deposits may hide in the brackets, no matter how vigilant you are with brushing and flossing. The resulting plaque deposits could cause a disintegration of the adhesive. A better choice is water or raw vegetable juices.
4. Sticky Foods
Foods such as chewy candies that stick to hardware parts are harder to remove. Stray traces of caramels and taffies can form bacteria that leads to bleeding, swollen gums.
5. Caffeine Beverages
Coffee, tea and other dark colored drinks leave stains if not properly removed. Soy sauce and berries are also foods that require extra hygiene care. Carry a travel toothbrush to school or work for quick cleanups, and invest adequate time to rinse well.
Adding some changes to your menu while you have braces doesn't have to become a challenge. Experiment with nutrient-rich raw fruits like bananas and strawberries added to yogurt. Soft cheeses provide a variety along with pasta dishes. Your new, perfect smile is worth all the change. If you're looking for a gentle orthodontist, contact the team at The Best Braces today.