We all know that drinking soda, with or without braces, is not good for us. Yet a lot of us still choose to indulge in this guilty pleasure. Getting used to life with braces will take some time, learning which foods and drinks to steer clear of, but soda is one that should be a no go with braces …and beyond.
It’s no secret that sodas contain a lot of sugar and are very acidic to teeth, which can not only cause problems for your braces but directly affect the health of your gums and teeth. The sugars and acid erode the enamel of teeth leading to tooth decay, cavities, and further problems. For braces, it can affect the bond of the braces on your teeth. Unexpected ortho visits for repairs can be an expensive side effect of soda.
Invisalign patients are suggested to avoid ANY liquids when they have their aligners in place, this includes alcohol, soda, and other sugary drinks to avoid plaque formation. Hot drinks should always be avoided since they can warp and discolor the aligners.
Avoid ALL sugary drinks at ALL costs to prevent damage to your braces, your teeth, and for your overall wellness!
Although there will be times when you will want to indulge, we understand. Here are a few tips to help you when you give in to the craving:
- Limit the amount you drink.
- Try to stay away from colas and colored sodas to avoid staining.
- Use a straw to limit contact of sugary drinks on your teeth.
- Rinse with water or better yet brush your teeth after any beverages.
- Limit the consumption of these beverages to special occasions, even beyond when you have braces, to protect your oral health:
- Other carbonated/fizzy drinks
- Sports drinks
Getting the smile of your dreams is hard work, don’t derail your progress and prolong your treatment by indulging too often in these drinks. Keeping your end goal in mind will hopefully help you make better choices for your braces, teeth and overall health. If you have concerns or would like to speak with your orthodontist, give us a call today at 512-337-2325.