We all like to indulge on a little unhealthy treat on occasion, but with braces, you should be more aware of the things you’re consuming. Soda is already a pretty unhealthy beverage and really shouldn’t be consumed regularly, no matter what. If you have braces, there are even more risks in consuming it.
One crucial maintenance rule you should follow while you have braces is to avoid drinking soda. The primary reason for this is due to its level of acidity. Acidic beverages can eat away at your enamel, which will result in tooth sensitivity and possibly other dental problems. Also, the acidity of soda has the potential to weaken the bond your braces have with your teeth. This could result in an unexpected trip to your orthodontist to repair anything that might break or come unattached. The sugar in soda could also cause cavities and gum problems if you don’t thoroughly clean after consuming soda. Braces can make cleaning teeth a bit more difficult, so consuming sugary beverages is just ill-advised in general.
Use a Straw
If you are set on continuing to drink soda, or you just want to consume one on occasion, it is highly recommended that you use a straw. A straw will aid in keeping the sugary and acidic drink from completely coating your teeth every time you take a sip. This method will also prevent darker beverages from staining your teeth as much as they might if you drink them without a straw. The ceramic brackets used on clear braces, and your Invisalign trays, can easily be stained, and that is something a straw will help to avoid.
Another con of sodas is the darker kinds are likely to stain your teeth. Whitening teeth is difficult with braces so it’s best to avoid anything that’s going to cause staining. If you are going to consume soda, choose a light-colored variety over a dark one to prevent staining of your teeth.
In addition to avoiding drinking soda, you should also avoid coffee, tea, and sports drinks as much as possible. Coffee and tea can stain your teeth, and sports drinks contain high levels of sugars.
If you drink any of the aforementioned drinks, you should be sure to clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards. Rinse your mouth with water and try to brush your teeth as soon as possible.
It sounds like a lot of work, but having braces is definitely worth the extra effort. Just think, your teeth are going to be straight and beautiful when you are finally done with everything! You won’t be able to stop smiling, and maintaining great oral hygiene will ensure that your results will be as magnificent as you expect. Avoiding things like soda and other sugary beverages will go a long way in keeping your teeth, smile, and gums nice and healthy!
Providing tips on how to keep your teeth healthy is just one more way our team at Milnor Orthodontics is committed to making sure your smile comes out perfect. Soda isn’t really worth the hassle, anyways.