Whether you are just starting out or well into your orthodontic treatments, this guide can help you stay away from troublesome foods or behavior so you can really get the most of your braces. Issues like loose bands, crooked wires, detached brackets, or trapped pieces of food can affect your treatment time and may delay recovery. Here is a list of some beneficial do’s and don’ts of living with braces.
One of the most common reasons why patients have to return to their orthodontist to have their braces adjusted or repaired is because of certain damaging foods. For your convenience, Dr. Beaufils has put together this list of foods that should be avoided as well as those you can enjoy.
Stay Away From:
If you do eat any of the above foods, be sure to brush your teeth immediately. Some foods, like fruits, vegetables, bagels, and pizza crusts can be consumed if they are cut into small, chewable pieces beforehand.
Along with watching what you eat, you can also take certain steps to help maintain your braces and overall orthodontic health. As mentioned above, always avoid putting unfamiliar objects in your mouth as they can transfer unwanted bacteria to your mouth. If it slips your mind and you find you accidentally nibbled on the back of your pencil or chewed on your nail, just rinse your mouth out with mouthwash.
Of course, don’t play with your braces. Don’t fiddle with any bands or brackets unless specifically directed by your dentist. If anything feels out of place or uncomfortable, contact your orthodontist and explain the problem.
Always maintain regular brushing and oral health care, and keep up with dental visits. If you or one of your loved ones is in need of orthodontic services, Dr. Beaufils offers quality care to patients in Cooper City and the surrounding areas. Contact Beaufils Dental today to schedule an appointment!