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orthodontic treatment and healthy diet

When you have braces, you’ll have to a few minor adjustments to your diet. During the first few days after you get your braces on, you will want to stick to eating soft foods that don’t require you to bite.

How can you stay healthy with a balanced diet while you have braces? First, it’s important to know which foods you should avoid while you have braces.

Foods To Avoid

Here are some of the foods to avoid while you have braces:

●     Anything chewy or sticky, such as caramel

●     Gum

●     Beef jerky

●     Raw carrots and celery

●     Apples

●     Corn on the cob

●     Chips

●     Popcorn

●     Nuts

●     Pretzels

In general, you should avoid any foods that may stick to your braces. You still have options when it comes to healthier food options, so keep an open mind to exploring some new, healthy, and braces-friendly foods!

Changing How You Eat

Apart from looking for viable options, having braces is also a great time to improve your diet and how you eat. For example, you won’t be able to eat apples by biting into a whole apple. However, you can slice them into small pieces, which won’t be as tough to chew.

For carrots, you can steam or roast them so they won’t be as tough but will still have the vitamins and minerals that are great for your body. You can still enjoy corn, just not on the cob. If you want cookies or hard bread, you can dip them in warm milk or soften them, which will make them easier to bite into.

adult orthodontic treatmentDo you find yourself covering up or hiding your smile? Or do you wish for straighter, whiter teeth? It is never too late to seek orthodontic treatment and get the smile of your dreams. As an adult, you have several options based on your time and budget. Here are the most common orthodontic treatments for adults and how they compare to each other:

Metal braces

Metal braces are the tried and true method to straighten your teeth and correct alignment. A major benefit is that they can work even in the most severe of cases. The duration of treatment is dependent on each patient’s situation.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another orthodontic option. They can instantly fix cosmetic issues but cannot correct major alignment issues. They are also very costly depending on the number of veneers required.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are an alternative to braces. They work by using a series of aligners to gradually correct and move teeth to the proper position. Although you need to wear them for greater than 20 hour a day, they are removable. However, they do not work well for all types of problems.

Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding is a great way to instantly correct minor cosmetic issues with your teeth as it is a quick and inexpensive way to fix minor chips or discolorations in your teeth. This type of procedure does not correct major issues.

If you are unsatisfied with your smile, you should consult an orthodontist to discuss your potential orthodontic treatment options. Learn more about orthodontic treatment and how it works.