Tucson, AZ, September 17, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Braces are a common way to correct crooked teeth and improve a patient's appearance and dental function. Unfortunately, making poor food choices during or after orthodontic treatment can derail the corrective process. Patient education plays a key role in the long term success of any corrective orthodontic treatment plan.
When an individual decides to have his or her teeth straightened with braces, it is not only their orthodontist who bears responsibility for the results. The food choices which the patient makes can have a major impact on whether or not they achieve their ultimate goal. According to Tucson orthodontist Ortho Pros, eating the wrong foods can cause damage to the wires and brackets of braces and promote tooth decay. Compounding the problem is that many foods which are widely believed to be healthy choices, such as granola, dried fruit, and smoothies, can be among the worst culprits for ruining teeth.
There are several categories of foods which should be avoided by orthodontic patients. The first among these are hard and crunchy foods, which can cause an orthodontic emergency by breaking the wires or brackets of braces. Tucson orthodontist Dr. Daniel Grob at Ortho Pros advises his patients to avoid nuts, hard taco shells, corn on the cob, whole apples and raw carrots, and even crusty breads. One of the biggest no-nos of all is crunching on ice. Not only can it damage orthodontic appliances, it cause cause cracks in the natural teeth.
Sticky foods are another example of things which can cause problems for individuals wearing braces. Things like gum, fruit snacks, caramels, and raisins can get caught in the braces and the teeth. In fact, even seemingly healthy snacks like dried fruit are a bad idea. The sticky texture of the dried fruit causes it to get embedded in teeth and braces, promoting decay and cavities. Most dentists would prefer their patients eat a piece of chocolate than a dried apricot when they need to satisfy their sweet tooth, because it does not cling to the teeth in the same way. Of course, any sugary foods or drinks should be consumed in very limited quantities to maintain healthy teeth and a healthy body. As Dr. Grob points out, it can be especially difficult for patients with braces to thoroughly brush and floss every tooth surface, so they should be particularly conscious of their food choices.
Drs. Grob, Donovan, and Kacer are the Tucson orthodontists at Ortho Pros. Their goal is to help every patient get the healthy smile they deserve – and to keep it for a lifetime. They offer interest-free financing and insurance billing to make orthodontic treatment as affordable as possible for all of their patients. For a free initial consultation about Invisalign, Clarity, and traditional braces, contact OrthoPros at (520) 290-8787 or visit their website http://www.orthoprostucson.com/.
150 N. Pantano Road, Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85710