Foods that are chewy, sticky, or hard can break wires or dislodge brackets and bands. This will inevitably prolong treatment. In order to avoid broken appliances, we ask that patients adhere to the instruction of avoiding "problem" foods. Some of these foods are listed below.
Foods high in sugar content pose a risk as well. The utmost diligence in oral hygiene (i.e. brushing and flossing) will be necessary to keep your teeth clean and free from infection. Prolonged exposure to food and drinks that are high in sugar content can cause tooth scarring and decay. Gingivitis or inflammation of the gums, may result from plaque accumulation due to inadequate brushing and flossing. Gingival overgrowth or "puffy" gums may result from lack of stimulation of the gum tissue. We will educate you in the wear and care of your appliances and in the maintenance of a proper oral hygiene regimen.
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