Orthodontic treatment is a huge investment in your future smile, which is why it is very important to do everything you can to keep your appliance in tip-top shape. Braces are more fragile than you might think, and there are certain candies and treats we strongly recommend that you avoid while you are aligning your smile. Those candies and treats are:
Because caramel is so sticky, it is extremely dangerous for your appliance as well as for your smile. When you eat caramel, the product sticks to your teeth, gums, and braces and it is extremely difficult to remove. Now, because this treat is so difficult to clean, it’s nearly impossible to remove every bit from your smile, therefore causing tooth decay. Dental cavities are a serious problem in the world today, and we need you to avoid them at all costs.
Salt Water Taffy
Salt water taffy is also extremely sticky, which is why it is so harmful for your appliance and oral health. Just like caramel, salt water taffy can break your orthodontic brackets and it can create tooth decay by clinging to your teeth for a long period of time. So, we strongly recommend staying away from salt water taffy.
The kernels in the popcorn are what make the 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.
These treats are very harmful for your appliance, so please do your best to avoid eating these foods as much as possible. We care for you and your smile, and we want you to have the straightest and most beautiful teeth imaginable. So, if you have a problem with your braces or if you have a question, please call Quality Orthodontic Care today at 770-664-6003 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Brett Gluck. Our orthodontic team is here to help you in any way we can!