Today we have a guest post from an orthodontist! I love to collaborate with other professionals that like to help our readers eat well, look good and feel great! Please welcome Dr. Kadan to Abrea Nutrition.
Dr. Sam Kadan has been creating beautiful smiles since 1997! He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and was awarded the PASS International Dentist Award. He and his wife, Adele, have twin girls and one son. In his free time he enjoys skiing, traveling, reading, movies and classical music.
Braces Tips & Tricks
While they may be a bit annoying at first, braces are a great long-term investment. They provide a permanent solution to crooked teeth, as well as repair problems associated with under-bites and over-bites. To some, especially adolescents, braces might seem like the end of the world, but with the right support and advice, they can begin to understand the good their braces are doing. Discover how you can make having braces easy.
• Stay away from the forbidden foods and drinks. As your orthodontist will tell you, certain food and drink should be off limits to those who have braces. Sticky foods like gum and caramel should be avoided, as they can stick to your braces and cause them to pop off of your teeth. In addition, sugary drinks like soda should be avoided, as consumption can lead to premature tooth decay. You might think it's difficult to remove some of your favorite things from your diet, but remember that it's only for a short time. Avoiding these types of food and drink help to reduce the chance of damaging braces and teeth, and could even shorten the amount of time you need your braces on.
• Practice good dental hygiene. Doing so is extremely important for the well-being of braces and teeth. It is important to brush after every meal, especially when you have braces. There are more opportunities for food to become lodged in your teeth, which can cause painful cavities down the line. To make maintenance easier, carry a travel toothbrush and dental floss at all times.
• Eat cold foods to numb pain. If you find that your mouth hurts after a tightening, try drinking a glass of cold water to help alleviate the pain. If that doesn't work, hold an ice pack to the area of your face where the pain is the worst.
• Deal with broken wires. Braces are not indestructible - they do break every now and again. If one of your wires breaks or a bracket comes off of your tooth, don't panic! Cover any sharp, protruding edges with dental wax and make an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed. Sam Kadan, a Doylestown orthodontist, advises that you do not try to solve the problem yourself - you could damage the other brackets or your teeth.
Make sure to follow these easy tips and tricks to make having braces a breeze.
Thank you Dr. Kadan! We always support less candy and soda!
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