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Check out these tips to keep your orthodontic work strong and your teeth healthy while maintaining your active life.
What you put in your mouth when you are wearing braces or Invisalign matters. Before you crunch down on the usual snacks you consumed before you had them, ask yourself two questions: 1. Will it harm my braces? 2. Will it harm my teeth?
One wrong bite can lead to a tremendous setback for your long-term orthodontic goals, so be mindful of what you consume.
Keeping your braces in good condition is key to achieving the results you are hoping for when it’s time to remove them. For this reason, it’s very important to protect them from damage by avoiding foods that could harm you brackets and wires. These include:
Consider bringing your own snacks that are braces-friendly to work, school, or activities to ensure that you have options that won’t harm your appliances in a pinch.
Even if food isn’t hard, crunchy, or chewy, it still might not be the best option to eat with braces or Invisalign. You should also stay away from foods that are high in sugar or very sticky. While these options may not pose an obvious threat to your orthodontic appliances, they put you at risk for developing cavities and gum disease since are hard to clean from behind brackets and the crevices of your teeth. These include:
Making sure that your teeth stay healthy while wearing braces or Invisalign can seem like a daunting task, especially when living an active life, but creating good habits early on can make a big difference in getting the smile you’re hoping for sooner than later. The secret is in caring for your orthodontic work properly.
Besides avoiding foods that could harm your metal braces, you must care for them in other ways as well.
Because Invisalign clear aligners are removable, they can also be deceiving. While more convenient than traditional braces in some ways, they still must be cared for properly, especially when on the go.
The key to a beautiful smile during and after braces is keeping them clean.
When it comes to attaining the smile of your dreams in the midst of a busy schedule, the trusted professionals at Goodman Orthodontics are here to help you every step of the way. To learn more about caring for your braces or Invisalign on the go or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or at (212)-688-4663. Serving Manhattan, New York, Riverdale, and Bronx areas, we strive to exceed your orthodontic expectations and look forward to providing you the best in orthodontics!