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If you want to prevent damage to your braces you’ll want to nix certain foods from your diet.
If you’ve decided it’s time to get braces from one of our Naperville dentists Dr. Rani Seeth, Dr. Rachel George or Dr. Tabasm Akbar, then congratulations! This is a big step to finally get the smile you deserve. Of course, it’s important to know that while wearing your braces certain changes will need to be made to accommodate your treatment. Discover what foods you’ll need to stay away from during your orthodontic treatment if you want to prevent your braces from breaking or falling off.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to stay away from any foods that are sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy. Yes, this does remove a lot of foods from your diet, but you’ll be happy you did it when you go through your entire orthodontic treatment without broken or damaged braces (damaged braces can increase your length of treatment).
Avoid these foods:
- Ice (yes, we know it’s not really a food but we also know some regular ice crunchers out there. Don’t do it!)
- Caramels, gummy bears or taffy
- Hard candies
- Sodas and sports drinks (sugar can get trapped behind brackets and wires and are more likely to cause tooth decay)
You may have these foods but we recommend taking extreme caution:
- Certain tougher breads (e.g. bagels): Make sure to cut into small, bite-sized pieces
- Corn on the cob: You’ll want to remove the corn from the cob prior to eating
- Crunchy fruits and veggies: Apples are a healthy snack, but biting into an apple can be dangerous for braces. Make sure to cut any crisp fruits and vegetables into smaller and more manageable pieces
If you are interested in finding out more about getting braces in Naperville and what they could do for your smile then it’s time you called Dental Pointe today to schedule your consultation. Get the smile you’ve always wanted!
Are you thinking about braces for yourself or a family member? Or do you already have braces but need help? Dental Pointe is here to help with some frequently asked questions. If what you need isn't covered here, please call or visit our Naperville dentist office.
Why should someone get braces?
Many people feel embarrassed about their crooked teeth. However, straighter teeth don't just look better; they're healthier too. Teeth that are poorly aligned can be difficult to take care of, making them prone to cavities and gum disease.
How do I get myself or my child started with braces?
Come in to Dental Pointe in Naperville, where we will do an examination. That may include taking a dental and medical history and taking some X-rays. After that, we can discuss options and courses of treatment.
What's the best age for a child to start braces?
The official recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists is that kids be screened at age 7, when some permanent teeth have started to come in. That way we can tell early on what, if any, treatment will be needed.
I'm an adult. Am I too old for braces?
As long as your gums and bones are in good shape, there's no age limit on braces.
Is my child too young for braces?
Even children as young as two might need treatment if the problem is severe. In any case, the best age to start treatment will depend on the child's particular issue. So if you have any concerns, come into the office and have one of our dentists take a look.
Do braces hurt?
There is often some soreness, but the pain will generally not be severe. Sometimes the patient's condition will require surgery, which can be more uncomfortable. However, we will manage your pain and make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
How long do braces stay on?
Anywhere from 6 months to 4 years, depending on the individual.
Are there food restrictions with braces?
Hard or sticky foods can damage your braces. Your dentists in Naperville will give you a comprehensive list of foods that you will need to avoid during treatment.
What do I do about oral hygeine?
It's very important to keep your teeth clean while you have braces. Brush after every meal or snack. You should also floss every day - your dentists can show you how. And don't forget to have your regular cleanings every six months.
Ready to straighten out your smile? Rani Seeth, DDS and Sarah Janowski, DMD are ready to help! Visit Dental Pointe in Naperville or call (630) 333-9571 today.
Unfortunately for Naperville residents with gapped or crooked teeth, braces have received somewhat of a poor reputation, which is preventing people from achieving the beautiful smile they deserve. If your teeth are gapped or crooked, you owe it to yourself to get the facts so you can make the best treatment decision for you. Here is what all Naperville residents need to know about braces.
Myth #1: Braces are Just for Kids
Truth: While many Naperville Dental Pointe patients are adolescents, braces certainly aren't just for kids. Adults can wear them too! It doesn't matter how old you are - you deserve to look and feel your best. If braces are the best way to do that, then you should get them! Your beautiful new smile will be completely worth any slight embarrassment you feel in the meantime.
Myth #2: Braces Will Make Me Look Like a Metal Mouth
Naperville residents who want braces have far more options available to them than just the traditional metal braces. While the metal braces are still typically recommended for the worst dental cases, people with less severe cases do have other options. These options include braces with colored bands, invisible braces and even braces that attach to the back of the teeth where they aren't as noticeable.
Myth #3: Once My Braces Come Off, My Teeth Will Be Straight Forever
While braces will make your teeth look amazing by the time they come off, unfortunately, it is common for your teeth to attempt to crowd or gap once again. You'll very likely need to prevent this by wearing a retainer at least part of the time to keep your teeth looking great.
If you've been wanting straighter teeth for a while now, but you haven't yet called Dental Pointe in Naperville for a consultation -what are you waiting for? Getting braces is a fantastic way to finally achieve that beautiful smile you've been wanting. Call and ask about your treatment options today!