Braces are meant to make your teeth healthy and straight; however, bad habits can hinder the ability of the braces. It can cause breakage or even slow down the straightening process. At Flossophy Dental in Edmonton, AB, we want all of our patients to be aware of how to protect their teeth while wearing braces. Keep reading for tips!
Biting Non-Food Objects
When it comes to wearing braces, most people know they should stay away from hard foods like raw carrots and popcorn. This rule also goes for non-food objects like fingernails, pens, and water bottles. The pressure from biting could pop off a bracket, damage the wire, or slow down the ability of the braces. Stick to just biting braces-friendly food!
Opening Things with Your Teeth
A habit many of us have is opening things with our teeth. Packages, tape, and even pop cans are among the common things teeth are used to open. This can have the same effect as biting hard objects; it increases the wrong kind of pressure on the braces and your sensitive teeth.
Those who have a habit of chewing their ice after their drink is finished should just let it melt. In addition to causing pressure on the braces, chewing ice can also wear down enamel on teeth and cause damage to already-sensitive teeth. Just let the ice melt!
Pop and Other Sugary Drinks
Those who have daily pops, juices, or other high-sugar drinks should be aware that braces create tons of new hiding places for sugar and bacteria. You do not want to have your braces taken off only to find out you have a bunch of cavities. Stick to water mostly and rinse your mouth after drinking anything else.
To learn more about the orthodontic options we have here, be sure to contact us! To schedule an appointment with Flossophy Dental in our Edmonton, AB dental practice, call (780) 306-9333 or visit our website, www.flossophydental.ca.