Things to Avoid With Braces

Non-Food Items To Avoid With Braces

When you have braces or other types of orthodontia, there are many foods and drinks you should avoid during treatment. But what about non-food items, such as everyday habits? Yes, there are several habits to avoid or quit while wearing braces. The team at Studio32 Orthodontics wants to help you achieve a beautiful smile, which is why we share these four non-food items to avoid.

If you have any questions or concerns, such as whether a habit or non-food item could be harmful to your braces, ask Dr. Mullally, an Invisalign orthodontist, at Studio32 Orthodontics!

Tobacco Products

Any type of tobacco product, whether chewing or smoking, immediately wreaks havoc on your overall health, including the health of your mouth and teeth. Tobacco use increases plaque formation on your teeth while weakening the gums and jaw bone. The toxins produced by chewing and smoking tobacco can cause major health issues, including gum disease and oral cancer. In addition, tobacco also promotes tooth staining and weakening. This is why it’s best to stop using any tobacco product before considering an orthodontic treatment. If you need guidance and tips on ways to stop using tobacco products, contact Dr. Mullally at Studio32 Orthodontics.

Oral Piercings

It’s best to not have any oral piercings done, even after your braces in Gainesville are removed. Patients with oral piercings have a higher risk of developing these five side effects.

1. Damaged Teeth

Oral piercings pose many risks to your dental health, specifically to your teeth. Many patients with oral piercings are tempted to chew on the piercings or run them along the surface of the teeth. This motion wears away tooth enamel and can cause chipped or broken teeth if your head is jarred while chewing on the piercing.

Also, while Invisalign covers the teeth and acts as a barrier between an oral piercing and your teeth, it doesn’t cover the gums. The piercing places persistent pressure on the gums which will, over time, erode the gums and lead to serious dental issues.

2. Gum Disease

Lip and tongue piercings are in constant contact with your gums. As the piercing rubs against the gums, the gums begin to erode and the tooth’s root is exposed. This opens the door to developing gum disease and tooth loss.

3. Increased Length Of Treatment

Dr. Mullally, a Gainesville orthodontist, knows how quickly most patients want to see results from their braces or Invisalign trays. But achieving a healthy, beautiful smile takes time and if damage to your orthodontia or mouth occurs, the original timeline for treatment is usually extended.

4. Infection

Up to 1,000 different kinds of bacteria may live in your mouth at any given time. Most of these are harmless, but if given a portal into your bloodstream, such as through an oral piercing, an infection may develop. Plus, it can be difficult to brush or rinse food particles from a piercing, which can also cause an infection.

5. Nerve Damage

Nerve damage can occur while getting a piercing. In addition, nerve damage can also happen if the jewelry gets caught in your braces and braces are torn from the piercing. The tongue has many blood veins and nerves and if damaged during piercing, excessive bleeding and numbness can result. This can also happen if the jewelry is caught in any type of orthodontia, even if it’s not torn from the piercing.

Nail Biting

Nail biting is a habit many people develop as children and struggle to break as they age. Even occasional nail biting puts your teeth into motion — stressing and wearing teeth more quickly. The additional stress can contribute to crooked or misaligned teeth.

Chewing On Pens, Pencils & Straws

While there are many rules for protecting your teeth while wearing braces, any Gainesville orthodontist understands sometimes you catch yourself mindlessly chewing on the end of a pen or a straw. But it’s important to stop mindless chewing since it adds extra pressure on the brackets and wires. Refrain from chewing on pens, pencils, straws, and other non-food items to keep your teeth and braces safe.

The goal of braces or Invisalign is to help you attain a beautiful and healthy smile at the end of treatment. That’s why it’s important to always follow the plan set up by Dr. Mullally, including avoiding or stopping any habits that could interfere with your treatment. Contact Studio32 Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment!