Not all smiles are designed to withstand the same level of wear as others. However, damage prevention is key for everybody, especially when it comes to protecting your smile in braces, so it goes without saying that you should continue to do your part in keeping your smile safe by eating healthy and avoiding hazardous foods and drinks.
– Most foods and drinks that have a sweet taste are loaded with sugars, one of the key causes of dental erosion. Bacteria in your mouth take sugars and convert them to acids in your mouth that contribute to dental erosion and cavities. This is particularly challenging when cleaning around wires and brackets.
– Be careful when biting into substances that are too hard for your teeth to handle. If you bite too hard you can break or crack your teeth, in addition to breaking wires and brackets.
– Foods that are highly acidic can eat away and wear down the tooth enamel layer that protects the inner working of every tooth. If the enamel is worn down far enough, cavities will occur, with infections and tooth loss soon to follow. Removing these harmful substances is tricky when wearing orthodontics.
– Not only should sugary candies be avoided due to their sugar levels, but the sour flavorings that make the sweets so acidic are almost as acidic as battery acid in terms of pH levels.
If you are interested in more information on how to protect your smile in braces or would like to schedule your next adjustment, we are here to assist you. We invite you to contact Ramsay Orthodontics to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephan Ramsay and our team at our orthodontic office in Austin, Texas. Call us at 512-346-1384 today!