As you may already know, there are treats that are very harmful to your teeth and braces. This is why it’s important to avoid eating them as much as possible. If you don’t, your appliance can be damaged and your treatment time can be delayed. So, to help you keep your braces in tip-top shape and remain on track with your treatment, our Skyline Orthodontics orthodontic team encourages you to avoid the following treats:
Caramel is a candy that does not mix well with braces, especially because it is extremely sticky. When you eat the caramel, it can easily get stuck between your teeth, gums, and brackets, making it very difficult to properly clean your mouth. Therefore, if you can’t clean your smile and eliminate every piece of caramel, your chompers can be vulnerable to tooth decay, and cavities are a dangerous dental problem you want to avoid at all costs.
Saltwater taffy is another treat that is extremely sticky, which is why it is so harmful to your braces. However, it is also harmful to your teeth. Not only will it break your brackets, but it will also create tooth decay in your smile. So, for a strong oral health and orthodontic appliance, please do not eat saltwater taffy when you have braces.
The kernels in the popcorn are what make this treat so dangerous. When you eat the popcorn, the kernels tend to lodge themselves between the brackets and teeth, causing major discomfort and additional complications. The kernels can also severely damage the appliance by breaking the brackets off of your teeth. These are the reasons why we ask you to avoid eating popcorn.
Our team wants you to have the best smile and oral health, but that smile goal is only possible if you avoid eating these foods. However, if you have eaten these treats and you have damaged your smile and appliance, please call 402.289.3232 now and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Laura Rothe, as soon as possible. We are here to help you and we are happy to fix any problem you might have. We look forward to helping you!