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Watching What You Eat When You Have Braces
By The Brace Place Orthodontics
October 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces  
Braces are a life-changing experience. They can dramatically improve your smile in the long term, but it can be difficult to look past the short term and the necessary, and often temporary, lifestyle changes. Everyone's treatment will vary, and you may qualify for something less invasive, so get in contact with your orthodontist Dr. Josh Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL.
Good Foods and Bad Foods
Braces are rarely painful, if they are, give your dentist a phone call right away. But the adjustment is nonetheless a difficult one for some. The pressure they exert upon your teeth, as well as the armature itself, can take a few days to get used to. But what a lot of people have trouble with at first is the changes to their diet.
Early on your dentist may recommend sticking to softer foods. Think yogurt, scrambled eggs, and pasta, anything along those lines.
The biggest concern with braces and what you eat is that you may damage them as you chew, or that the food might make it more difficult to clean your teeth after. So hard and sticky foods are what you'll want to avoid. Think popcorn, nuts, breads that are even normally hard to bite into, like bagels or pizza crust, and crunchy fruits and vegetables.
Braces in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL
Good dental hygiene becomes even more of a necessity with braces. Plaque buildup is something everyone has to contend with, but with braces, you have to be a little more meticulous in brushing and flossing around them.
For this reason, you may be advised to limit considerably your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, as the sugars are a favorite of the bacteria that make up the plaque on your teeth.
Also don't forget to keep up with your dental checkups and cleanings, as they're as important to good oral health as daily brushing and flossing.
So get in contact with your orthodontist, ask them about what to expect with the treatment, and if you qualify for Invisalign clear aligners, which don't come with as many restrictions as braces, but may not be advisable for more difficult cases, or young teens and children. Call Dr. Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL, by dialing (904) 249-0037.