Nguyen Orthodontics

Dr HUY D. NGUYEN Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

509-1110 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto ON Canada M2K 2W2    Tel:416-222-5580

Foods/Actions to Avoid

Eating with Orthodontic Appliances

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Although some patients are able to eat or drink almost anything while in braces and have no ill effects, there are certain dietary habits that are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances as well as increasing the risk of dental disease. Our aim is to achieve the treatment goals with as few disturbances due to appliance breakage as possible and to minimize the side effects of poor diet choices.

Remember, teeth move their best in a healthy environment and in individuals with excellent overall health. Be sure you have a well-balanced diet.

Potential Harm to Your Teeth and Gums

Foods and drinks your dentist has suggested may cause dental caries should be restricted while wearing braces. Sticky foods are to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. These foods stick to your braces and remain on your teeth for long periods of time. If foods or drinks high in sugar content are to be consumed, we advise having them with regular meals or at one given time of day. Please make sure that careful brushing and rinsing takes place immediately afterwards. Between-meal snacks should be confined to foods without refined sugar and should be followed by vigorous rinsing if a toothbrush is not available. toronto orthodontics
    • Straight and evenly spaced teeth are easier to keep clean, providing better oral health. Properly aligned teeth chew more efficiently, which can aid in digestion.Ideally aligned teeth create a more perfect bite, which can reduce stress, headaches, and strain on your supporting bone and tissue.
      Ideally aligned teeth create a more perfect bite, which can reduce stress, headaches, and strain on your supporting bone and tissue.

    • According to the American Association of Orthodontists, crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss.

Potential Harm to Your Braces

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Braces have been attached to your teeth with an adhesive that normally will withstand the forces of eating. However, braces can be dislodged and wires bent or broken while eating certain foods. Hard foods, such as nuts, hard candy, corn chips and even crisp taco shells can harm your braces and should be avoided. Chewing ice cubes can also be very destructive to your appliances. Some foods such as whole apples, raw carrots or celery are healthy snacks but must be cut to avoid damaging your braces.

Avoid sugary, crunchy, sticky, chewy and hard foods that can break your braces. Chewy foods such as gum, caramels and even thick bread crusts can bend and distort wires, causing treatment delays and extra visits for repairs.

toronto orthodontics Eating ice, chewing on pencils or pens and biting into whole apples can cause loose and/or displaced brackets and bent archwire. Refrain from these actions during your orthodontic treatment.

Popcorn can cause harm in multiple ways. The husks from the popcorn can become lodged between the braces and cause irritation to the gum tissue. Unpopped kernels can shear or break off brackets as well as bend or dislodge wires. Please inspect your braces when eating certain foods that may become caught on the braces or beneath the gums.

Remember, if you have any questions about dietary restrictions or good food choices, PLEASE ASK!

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