The 7 Deadly Sins of Braces: Brush Up On Your Orthodontic Do’s and Don’ts

July 2, 2015

Smile RanchBraces can be a pain, but sometimes they are the best way to correct a problem. It is important to speak with your orthodontist about the treatment plan that will work best for you.
For those of you who are new to world of wires and brackets, here’s a breakdown of 7 things that you should avoid while you have braces.

#1. Avoid things that could dislodge your brackets such as hard/sticky candies. Also avoid chewing on pens, pencils or your fingernails. Though it goes without saying, don’t open bottles with your teeth, even if you don’t have braces (it’s just a bad idea).

#2. Cool it with the Ice!
Dental professionals often warn against anyone chewing on ice because it can cause cracks and chips in the teeth. Orthodontists warn against chewing on ice especially if you have braces because like sticky candy, it can dislodge the brackets or bend the wire.

#3. Avoid Gum
Opt for a breath mint instead of a stick of gum while you have braces. Gum is super sticky, and it will stick to the brackets and wires which can foster bacteria. Additionally it will be incredibly annoying to have sticky gum stuck in your braces catching more food.

#4. Avoid eating super sugary sweets or at least make sure that you brush your teeth after. The sugars interact with acids in your mouth and can cause white scarring or staining on your teeth.

#5 Be careful while playing sports or rough housing in headgear not only can the actual metal hardware cause cuts and bruises inside of the mouth if there is a lot of pressure or force applied, but the brackets and wires can be dislodged and teeth shifted out of place.

#6 Sharing is NOT Caring
Just do not share head gear, tooth brushes or anything else that goes in your mouth with other people. Keeping your mouth and teeth free of debris and bacteria to ensure that your teeth will be healthy AND straight.

#7 Don’t bite off more than you SHOULD chew.
Eating large bites can damage your braces, you should also avoid eating meat on the bone, and corn on the cob. Be sure to cut things like raw fruits and veggies into smaller pieces to avoid damaging the hardware and your teeth (and choking).

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