Dietary Restrictions and Orthodontics

Posted: March 16, 2022

Woman looking into refrigerator full of fresh fruits and vegetables

Orthodontics is used to correct malocclusion, the medical term for bite irregularities. When necessary, orthodontic services such as braces and Invisalign® work to align the bite, helping to prevent facial malformation, bite dysfunction, and other issues that can follow an uneven, crowded, or otherwise imperfect smile. In some cases, orthodontic treatment is the only option to restore comfort and alignment.

Affixed braces, including traditional wire-and-bracket braces, lingual braces, and ceramic braces, can become damaged by certain foods. As such, affixed orthodontics will come with dietary restrictions including:

  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Corn on the cob
  • Popcorn, pretzels, corn chips, etc.
  • Bagels and toast
  • Hard, chewy, or sticky candy

Some of these foods, such as snacks and candy, aren’t terribly good for your teeth or body in the first place, but others, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, are essential for healthy living. This can make affixed orthodontia a real problem for some people – particularly those who will require a longer treatment period.

Removable Options

Removable orthodontics, such as Invisalign®, offer several distinct advantages over affixed alternatives. These include a shorter treatment time, less discomfort during treatment, and reduced risks for gum and lip irritation. What’s more, there are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign®. Because aligners are removed before eating, you can enjoy a full variety of foods, helping to keep your body and teeth happy and healthy for years to come.

The removal of aligners is also useful for tooth cleaning. With affixed options, special instruments are needed to clean in between brackets and underneath wires. Even still, many people experience severe staining underneath their brackets, where cleaning is impossible, after braces have been removed. With Invisalign®, these issues are eliminated, allowing patients to maintain both optimal oral health and beauty while undergoing treatment.

At The Smile Center, we are pleased to offer Invisalign® to both teens and adults struggling with malocclusion. If your bite is misaligned, we encourage you to give us a call at 941-351-4468 to schedule an orthodontic evaluation with one of our experienced dentists. Located in the Heart of Sarasota, we welcome patients from all nearby areas of Florida.

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