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Things Not To Do While Wearing Metal Braces

Things Not To Do While Wearing Metal BracesThanks to advancements in the dental industry, the tried and true method of metal braces have become more comfortable and reliable than ever. They have gotten a bad wrap over the years but made of stainless-steel, this option is sleek and does not rust or deteriorate. Bright and vivid colored bands remove the emphasis that is on the clashing enamel and stainless color scheme, while also helping your unique style come out in full force.

Metal braces are designed to withstand the rigorous and extensive motions associated with chewing and talking. However, the brackets are susceptible to breakage, and pain may ensue from eating certain types of foods. Your orthodontist will likely give you a list of do’s and don’ts to follow, but these tips may be able to help you out along the way as well.

Avoid Doing These Things

1. Limit your consumption of beverages containing sugar or carbonation.

Obesity, diabetes, and other health-related illnesses are a concern when anyone drinks on these types of beverages for extended amounts of time. In children, these items almost double the risk of dental cavities. The sticky residue that is left behind loosens adhesives that hold the metal braces securely in place, which often leads to brackets popping off. These beverages also let harmful bacteria to hang out under brackets, and behind wires, making them virtually undetectable to the naked eye and causing cavities to form.

2. Do not forget to floss, whether you wear metal, ceramic, or no braces at all.

Your dentist has not been forcing this information into your brain for years, just to hear their voice, flossing is essential to your overall mouth health. Food particles, bacteria, and other debris forms in crevices to create plaque. The plaque then eats away at your tooth enamel, causing you to need additional dental work for repairs. Tedious to get between teeth with a wire present, flossing is not a particular favorite past time of metal braces wearers, but the resulting beautiful smile is worth the effort.

3. Avoid crunching on harder items like ice.

Chewing on the ice, or another object that is similar in density can cause your brackets to loosen or break. The experience can be painful and requires a dental visit, but it can be avoided by just watching what you eat. Bending of the wires is also a common occurrence when biting into something hard while wearing your metal braces, which is also painful but avoidable.

Stay Informed And Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

If something does not feel quite right, or the pain is too much to bare, contact your orthodontist for further assistance. They have knowledge that can be passed along to you that can be beneficial to your overall braces wearing experience. There are no right or wrong questions, and your health and well-being should always be the top priority.

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