LIFE WITH BRACES

Can Be A Great Experience

Having braces is much more comfortable than it used to be, especially when you get your braces at Southern Colorado Orthodontic Specialists. That’s because we offer many of the latest technologies to every patient. Learn about braces care below.

THE FIRST FEW DAYS after each appointment there here might be some general tenderness of your teeth and mouth. Your teeth might even feel a little loose (after all – they’re on the move. You may want to take some form of pain reliever (what you would normally take for a headache) during this time. Tenderness usually subsides within a few days.


HELPFUL TIPS

  • We recommend you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Electric and sonic toothbrushes are also acceptable.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush to dislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • We recommend that you have a check up with your dentist every 6 months.

EATING WITH BRACES

They're Your Teeth. Use 'Em Well.

You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true - if your favorite food is hard candy:-). Truth is - you can eat most anything as long as you avoid anything that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues. Feel free to print this list out and put it up on the fridge.


FOODS TO AVOID WITH BRACES

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is okay)
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies

FOODS YOU CAN EAT WITH BRACES

  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake

PREVENTING DECALCIFICATION

Acid Is Your Enemy

DECALCIFICATION is a dull white spot on a tooth which is a permanent scar that is caused by poor oral hygiene. Plaque left around brackets releases acid and leaches minerals out of the tooth causing a white spot.

We believe that ACIDIC BEVERAGE intake has increased in our teenage patient population and is a major player in DECALCIFICATION!

Below is a chart illustrating pH values for various products as well as sugar amounts per 12 ounces. The lower the pH level the worse the enamel dissolution. The more sugar a drink has, the more likely it is to promote decalcification and cavities.

Water, being neutral, has a pH value of 7.00 and 0.0 teaspoons of sugar per 12 ounces. Battery acid has a pH of 1.00 and 0.0 teaspoons of sugar.



  • PRODUCT
  • ACID
  • SUGAR (tsp. per 12oz.)
  • Water
  • 7.00 (neutral)
  • 0.00  BEST!!
  • Diet 7-Up
  • 3.97
  • 0.0
  • Sprite
  • 3.42
  • 9.0
  • Diet Dr. Pepper
  • 3.41
  • 0.0
  • Diet Coke
  • 3.39
  • 0.0
  • Mountain Dew
  • 3.22
  • 11.0
  • Surge
  • 3.02
  • 10.0
  • Dr. Pepper
  • 2.92
  • 11.02
  • Gatorade
  • 2.95
  • 3.3
  • Coke Classic
  • 2.63
  • 9.3
  • Pepsi
  • 2.49
  • 9.8
  • Battery Acid
  • 1.00
  • 0.0  WORST!!

The threshold pH for enamel dissolution is 5.5. Additionally, energy drinks and fruit juices have a lot of sugars and low pH and are best in moderation. Our recommendation is that patients consume very few sugar, acid drinks during orthodontics, in order to prevent decalcification! Source: California Dental Association.



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