Orthodontic adjustments cause some discomfort. Canton, MI orthodontist, Dr. J. D. Robison, suggests foods to make meals easier.
Orthodontics is the branch of general dentistry which straightens crooked teeth for a healthier bite and more pleasing appearance. At Robison Dental Group, J.D. Robison, Canton, MI orthodontist, and his staff evaluate patients for dental bite and jaw alignment. They deliver personalized treatment with traditional wire and bracket braces and with Invisalign clear aligners, the modern and discreet orthodontic system.
Braces and aligners result in some discomfort
While the average age for braces begins anywhere from 9 to 14 years, many older teens and even adults at the peak of their professions desire orthodontic correction to feel more confident about their smiles and to have teeth and gums that remain healthy for a lifetime. All age groups must adjust to life with braces or aligners.
While metal, ceramic and lingual (tongue side) braces are known for more lengthy and frequent adjustments and some sore teeth and soft oral tissues, removable Invisalign aligners cause discomfort, too. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen in over the counter doses, combined with orthodontic wax to cover appliances that irritate gums and lips, adequately sooth patient complaints.
However, Dr. Robison also urges some wise dietary choices after patients visit the Canton, MI dentist’s office for adjustments or to receive new pairs of Invisalign aligners. They consist of:
- soft, nutritious foods that are high on quality, filling protein such as scrambled eggs, baked beans, meatballs and tuna salad
- fruit and veggie smoothies that include low fat dairy products such as skim milk and yogurt
- high-fiber grains, pasta and steamed rice
- soups of all kinds, including chili (but not too spicey)
- gelatin, puddings, yogurt, and ice cream
- dairy products such as soft cheeses and milk
- steamed and pureed vegetables and fruits
- soft rolls and breads
Additionally, somewhat harder foods may be cut into smaller pieces for consumption throughout the course of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Robison and his team urge avoiding very hard and sticky, sugary foods such as:
- fibrous vegetables such as celery
- pizza crusts
- corn on the cob
- apples and pears
Other keys to successful orthodontic treatment
Good hydration cleanses all bodily systems, controls weight and washes food residues off tooth surfaces, reducing harmful plaque and oral bacteria. Plus, several glasses of water a day encourages saliva production, the natural tooth cleanser. When toothbrush and floss are not available, rinse the mouth thoroughly with water.
Besides hydration, diligent oral hygiene preserves tooth enamel and healthy gum tissue while wearing braces. Of course, brushing and flossing is far more complicated with metal braces. Wearers of Invisalign appliances simply remove their aligners for meals and hygiene.
Contemplating braces or Invisalign?
If the answer is yes, you will want to learn all you can about diet and other lifestyle modifications that come along with orthodontics. To find out more, contact your Canton, MI orthodontist, Dr. J.D. Robison, for a smile analysis today.