Are there foods I can’t eat with braces?

bracesThe teeth straightening process can feel long and arduous. You could end up with braces for up to a few years if you’re not careful about the foods you eat. Metal brackets and wires can easily pop, snap or break. The wrong foods can wreak havoc on your teeth in a variety of ways. Make sure you follow the advice that your orthodontist gives and eat only foods that are approved for your teeth straightening plan.

Foods You Can’t Eat

Unfortunately, braces that use metal or plastic brackets attached to the teeth can easily be damaged. You want to make sure you don’t eat foods that can damage your hardware to keep your teeth straightening on track. There is a pretty hefty list of foods you should avoid during the teeth straightening process with these methods. Listen to your orthodontist’s advice regarding foods on the no-chew zone list. If your brackets or wires snap, your teeth straightening process could take even longer. The longer the process takes, the more expensive it becomes.

Hard Foods

The biggest offenders are hard foods. Foods like nuts, hard candies, ice and raw carrots should be avoided at all costs during your teeth straightening process. They can easily break or snap metal wires and brackets as well as rubber bands. It’s a little easier to remember to refrain from eating these foods because many of the hard foods are painful to eat with traditional teeth straightening methods. Soft foods feel much better on your mouth than hard foods during this process anyway.

Sticky Foods

Some foods are hard to remember not to eat! Sticky foods should also be avoided during this process. They can get stuck in metal and plastic hardware and result in more visits to the office. Foods like caramel, taffy, gum and licorice should be avoided at this time. They are also more difficult to remove from your teeth and hardware and can become stuck in between your teeth too. This can result in dental health issues that could delay the process too. It’s best to wait until the end of the process to indulge in these foods.

Crunchy Foods

Pretzels, popcorn and some crackers can be extremely harmful to the process too. They can easily lodge underneath brackets or snap wires. Even if you’re using extreme caution when eating these foods, your hardware could still pay the price. Popcorn can be especially tricky for hardware. Not only can the hard kernels snap wires or damage brackets, the kernel skin can get stuck between teeth or underneath hardware and backtrack the straightening process. Try to avoid these foods to keep your teeth on the right track toward the straight and narrow.

Foods You Can Eat

When it comes to eating foods that you love, it’s best to focus on the foods you can eat and not the foods that are forbidden. It’s best to stick to soft foods that aren’t sticky and won’t harm or destroy your wires or brackets. Luckily there are plenty of foods that you can enjoy while you’re going through the teeth straightening process. Many of these foods are very nutritious and foods that you might not usually indulge in normally.

Soft foods like yogurt, soft cheese, sour cream and cotton candy are all fine for this process. You can eat candy too; just remember to brush your teeth after eating particularly sweet foods or foods that can get stuck in your teeth easily. You can also eat all the bread you want during this time, so go ahead and indulge in carbs! Just be careful not to eat toast as the crunchy texture can ruin your dental work. You can also eat most meats – especially ground meats – and cakey foods like donuts and eclairs. Don’t try to eat desserts with crunchy textures like cannoli.

Foods to Ease the Pain

You should steer clear of hard foods like ice, but you can still eat some frozen treats. soft ice cream is a great treat to help ease some of the pain you might experience after your orthodontist tightens your wires. Ice cream can help reduce the swelling of gums and cheeks. Just be sure to be careful of the types of ice cream you choose. Do eat soft serve ice cream in a cup, but skip the cone. Don’t eat rock-hard ice cream or ice cream with hard or crunchy foods like nuts and pretzels. Try to avoid ice cream with sticky foods like caramel and taffy.

Foods You Can Eat with Invisalign

The great part of Invisalign is that you can eat practically whatever you want with this type of teeth straightening. Because you remove the plastic retainers before meals and replace them after meals, you don’t need to worry about the types of foods you eat. Just make sure you don’t eat foods that are so hard they chip your teeth or cause abrasions on your enamel. You might also experience some pain with Invisalign, so you might want to avoid hard foods before and after your retainers are adjusted.

Schedule an Appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can receive a free consultation with Dr. Stephan Tisseront to learn more about your orthodontic options. Our orthodontist takes care of children, teenagers and adults at our top-of-the-line office, and he offers these treatments:

• Lingual braces – worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisalign – aligners for teenagers or adults
• Ceramic orthodontia – made with clear wires and color-matching brackets

It is also possible to reduce your orthodontic treatment time by using a small device from AcceleDent Aura that helps to accelerate the movement of your teeth into the correct positions.

Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200

Words of Wisdom No. 7 – Stay fresh

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When you were a child, your mother wisely told you to have fresh breath when out in public, and it is good idea to continue following this advice. One of the best ways to maintain your oral hygiene is by visiting an orthodontist for a complete examination. Removing food particles and a buildup of plaque from crooked teeth is not easy, but if you undergo orthodontic treatment to repair malocclusions, then brushing and flossing your teeth is easier. If you are a mother, then you probably remember to bring a child to an orthodontic facility for treatment. However, it is also possible for you to wear braces or Invisalign aligners to have a more beautiful smile.

Orthodontic Treatment makes it Easier to Brush and Floss

You may have noticed that brushing and flossing your own teeth is becoming more difficult because your teeth are shifting. When your teeth are pushed too close together or overlapping, it is nearly impossible to remove food debris. Of course, having food stuck between your teeth leads to halitosis and the possibility of decay. An orthodontist can determine if you have mild, moderate or severe misalignments in order to recommend Invisalign aligners or traditional braces.

Schedule an Appointment

In Reston, Va., you can schedule examinations for you and your children at Tisseront Orthodontics. Our orthodontist, Dr. Stephan Tisseront is able to provide several types of orthodontic treatment to children, teenagers and adults who want to have gorgeous smiles and fresh breath. You can learn more about these types of orthodontic treatments that are offered at Tisseront Orthodontics:

• Color-matching ceramic orthodontia
• Lingual braces worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisalign removable aligners designed for teenagers and adults

We make it easy to schedule an appointment at our orthodontic facility with an online form or telephone call to 703-773-1200.

Words of Wisdom No.6 – Brush your teeth with baking soda once a week

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In today’s society, moms are searching for a simple solution to whiten their teeth that they can easily squeeze into their daily routine. After a long day of taking care of the children, many women consume dark beverages such as wine, coffee, tea, or soda. Unfortunately, these drinks can result in stained teeth over a period of time. Brushing with baking soda has been shown to reduce the appearance of stains on teeth even for those who wear braces or invisalign.

Advantages of Baking Soda

  • Brushing the teeth with baking soda once a week can polish the teeth in order to promote a whiter and brighter appearance.
  • Using baking soda during an oral care routine can also combat bad breath.
  • Because brushing the teeth with baking soda is extremely affordable, the remedy is an alternative to modern and often expensive whitening systems.

Brushing with Only Baking Soda

  • First, wet the toothbrush and then place it in baking soda until a paste forms on the toothbrush.
  • Using light pressure, brush the teeth with normal speed for about two minutes.
  • Afterwards, remove any remaining baking soda by rising thoroughly with water.

Brushing with Baking Soda and Toothpaste

  • Apply a small amount of baking soda on the toothpaste after squeezing it on the toothbrush.
  • Next, brush the teeth with normal friction and speed.
  • Finally, rinse the mouth with water to remove residual toothpaste or baking soda.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today

If you or your child are interested in straighter teeth and improving your smile, call us today. Our professional orthodontics team can examine you or your child and determine the best treatment for you. Our office is proud to specialize in Invisalign. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Are Braces Painful?

bracesOne question that an orthodontist is constantly asked is whether braces hurt. For the most part, they do not hurt when they are fastened to a patient’s teeth. However, there will be some level of soreness after the orthodontic wire is put into the brackets. This discomfort can last anywhere from a few days to a full week.

The majority of patients experience some discomfort and soreness the first week after their orthodontia gets placed. There could also be a bit of pain that occurs after the wire is adjusted or after an activation appointment. At this time, a patient will need to allow some time for their lips and cheek to get accustomed to the orthodontia. Even though the appliances and wires are lightweight and safe, the patient should still expect a slight to moderate level of discomfort after the start of treatment. Eventually, all patients who undergo orthodontic treatment will adapt to the soreness associated with this process. Many patients who have already dealt with soreness have found that over the counter pain relievers and salt rinses greatly contributed to eventual relief.

What an Orthodontic Patient Can Expect

Day of Placement: The actual placement will not be painful. In the first few hours after a patient leaves the office, they may have problems eating. This is because eating with orthodontia takes some getting used to. A patient may also feel some soreness throughout the day as their teeth move. Because a patient’s teeth may be sensitive during this time, hard to chew foods should be avoided in favor of a liquified diet.

A Few Days After Placement: The first few days can be a bit disorienting. The patient’s teeth are just starting to get realigned and are not used to elastic ties and archwire. Your orthodontist can show you how to use relief wax/silicone that can lessen the pressure on your inner cheeks and lips.

A Week After Placement: All soreness and discomfort should disappear about a week after the orthodontia is placed in the patient’s mouth. The patient’s teeth will become accustomed to the work, therefore eating should be a lot less difficult. While some harder to chew foods will still be a challenge to masticate, the patient’s eating patterns will largely be resumed.

Some foods that patients with first time orthodontics should avoid include the following items:

  • Apples
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candy
  • Hard pretzels
  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Pencils and pen caps
  • Pizza crusts
  • Popcorn

After the First Week

Many patients find that their first week with braces is the hardest. While soreness does not entirely disappear at this time, it is greatly reduced. A lot of the reduction in pain just has to do with the patient getting used to the orthodontic work in their mouth. Other relief methods, such as pain relievers and wax/silicone, also contribute to the increased level of comfort with the orthodontics.

The patient needs to keep their appointments with their orthodontist on a regular basis. Regular appointments are needed for the following reasons:

  • Changing the elastic or metal ties
  • Changing the archwire
  • Making adjustments
  • Monitoring treatment progress

Orthodontic work moves the teeth into a brand new alignment. For this reason, activations are applied during the patient’s adjustment appointments.

How to Deal With Discomfort

All pain and soreness that an orthodontic patient experiences can be managed with little effort. The best pain relief methods are over-the-counter pain medications and relief wax/silicone. Advil and Motrin are two medications that work best if the patient does not have any conflicting allergies. Both over-the-counter medications and wax/silicone are pain relief methods that are more than effective for orthodontic patients.

Orthodontic patients should start taking their chosen brand of pain reliever before they feel any physical discomfort. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, they should take it every few hours.

Another pain relief method that has been popular with orthodontic patients is salt water rinses. Salt water rinses are made up of warm water and as much salt that the patient is able to stand. The patient should rinse their mouth with this mixture 6-12 times a day. Orthodontists also encourage their patients to chew sugar-free gum. They do this because the gum increases blood flow to the structures of the patient’s teeth. This reduces soreness and also help’s the patient’s teeth to move and align at a quicker pace.

Schedule an Appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can receive a free consultation with Dr. Stephan Tisseront to learn more about your orthodontic options. Our orthodontist takes care of children, teenagers and adults at our top-of-the-line office, and he offers these treatments:

• Lingual braces – worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisalign – aligners for teenagers or adults
• Ceramic orthodontia – made with clear wires and color-matching brackets

It is also possible to reduce your orthodontic treatment time by using a small device from AcceleDent Aura that helps to accelerate the movement of your teeth into the correct positions.

Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200

Words of Wisdom No.5 – Gargle with apple cider vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is a great way to naturally keep teeth clean and white. Gargling with it can be especially helpful for people who have braces because it can help to remove food and bacteria that get caught in-between teeth.

Keeping Teeth Clean with Braces

Many children and teenagers have problems keeping their teeth clean when they have braces. The bands, brackets and wires can make it difficult to remove every particle of food and bacteria. Flossing also poses a challenge. Though it’s important to brush at least twice daily and floss at least once a day, gargling with apple cider vinegar can help keep the mouth clean and free from bacteria. People who choose to straighten their teeth with Invisalign can remove the device while brushing teeth, but they can still benefit from using apple cider vinegar after brushing or eating.

Benefits of Gargling with Apple Cider Vinegar

According to the orthodontist, there are a variety of benefits from gargling with apple cider vinegar, which include:

  • Freshens breath
  • Kills bacteria on and in-between teeth that can cause tooth decay
  • Naturally whitens teeth
  • Removes bacteria from the tongue and inside of the mouth

How to Gargle with Apple Cider Vinegar

According to the orthodontist, dilute one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in one-fourth of a cup of water. Next, swish it around the mouth to remove excess food and bacteria from the teeth for 30 seconds. Afterward, it can be gargled for 15 seconds to remove bacteria from the throat. Spit it out in the sink and rinse with water to remove an excess acid from the vinegar that can cause the loss of tooth enamel.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today

If you or your child are interested in straighter teeth and improving your smile, call us today. Our professional orthodontics team can examine you or your child and determine the best treatment for you. Our office is proud to specialize in Invisalign. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Words of Wisdom No.4 – Eat cleansing foods

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Taking care of your body and staying healthy is important to your overall wellbeing. The human body is a machine, and when it is given the right fuel, it will perform to the best of its ability. Just like choosing invisalign to improve your smile is a positive change, choosing healthy foods to nourish your body is vital. Cleansing food choices can provide the right fuel and function that the body needs. These types of foods can be easily incorporated into meals and snacks.

Fruits and Vegetables

People who have braces may be concerned about eating certain fruits and vegetables. However, by choosing these vitamin packed super foods, you are improving the overall health of your entire body- including your teeth. High fiber choices fill up your stomach and cleanse your body of toxins. Make sure to wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly to be positive that they are free of chemicals.

Whole Grains

Choosing whole grains as a carbohydrate choice is a good way to fill your body with the nutrients it needs and avoid the empty calories and sugar that it doesn’t need. Your orthodontist will agree, added sugar and chemicals will not do your teeth or your braces any favors. Whole grain breads, cereals, brown rice and other complex carbohydrates are the way to go for a healthy diet.

Water

Every invisalign wearer knows that drinking plenty of water is important to keep your mouth feeling fresh. Bacteria can sometimes cling to braces, so thorough rinsing will help keep your smile clean. Water is also the most important liquid you can consume to cleanse and refresh your body. Set goals to increase your water consumption. This will improve your body systems function and keep you healthier and toxin free.

Your Smile

Maintaining healthy teeth requires much more than just brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your orthodontist, healthy eating habits and avoiding environmental toxins will leave your body- and especially your smile- looking and feeling healthy and strong.

Dr. Stephan Tisseront and his team at Tisseront Orthodontics work to make every patient’s smile as gorgeous as it should be.

Schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, call 703-773-1200 today to see about how new alignment techniques like Invisalign can help you feel more confident about your smile.

Words of Wisdom No.3 – Clean your tongue

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Many people forget to care for their tongue. An incredible amount of bacteria can reside upon it. This can be the source of bad smells, and a breeding ground for the bacteria that will quickly form a thin, sticky film upon your teeth that were just cleaned. Taking care of your tongue is a skill that everyone, from kids to older adults, should learn.

How Important is Cleaning Your Tongue?

Cleaning your tongue is one of those things that needs to be done during your oral maintenance routine. It helps to break loose the bacteria that will stick to your flesh, and can help remove more contaminants from your mouth. The result is a happier, healthier smile that lasts longer. It also comes with the benefit of making your mouth feel even more refreshed.

What Else Should You Do?

While tending to your tongue is something you should do on a regular basis, it’s not the end-all, be-all of having an amazing smile. It will help, but there are certain things that only your orthodontist can help you fix. Misalignment of the teeth, for example, is something that you will require braces to fix.

The good news is that you don’t have to have a mouth full of wires to obtain straight teeth. Cutting-edge techniques like Invisalign utilizes removable retaining trays designed to realign your teeth.

These braces are more comfortable, less obtrusive, and allow you to continue smiling while you use them. They conform to your lifestyle.

Making Your Smile Gorgeous

Maintaining your smile is one thing you can do on your own, but correcting malocclusion and other more serious issues will require the help of an orthodontist.

Dr. Stephan Tisseront and his team at Tisseront Orthodontics work to make every patient’s smile as gorgeous as it should be.

Schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, call 703-773-1200 today to see about how new alignment techniques like Invisalign can help you feel more confident about your smile.

Words of Wisdom No.2 – Chuck your toothbrush

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If you are as busy as most people are, then it is easy to forget to throw away a manual toothbrush after two months of use. There are great reasons to get rid of an old toothbrush, including keeping your teeth free of food particles. An old toothbrush will develop frayed bristles that are not effective at removing hardened plaque from your teeth. In addition, an old toothbrush may contain pathogens such as bacteria and viruses that cause illness. When you are wearing braces, replacing an old toothbrush frequently can help to keep the wires and brackets in the best condition to straighten your teeth.

Improve Oral Hygiene with a New Toothbrush

You might wear Invisalign aligners to repair the malocclusions of your teeth, and it is essential to remove the devices at least twice a day to brush your teeth. Clear aligners are easy for other people to see through in order to notice a buildup of food debris, but if you use a new toothbrush, then your teeth look white and beautiful. When you wear any type of braces or aligners, ask your orthodontist for a recommendation about the most appropriate toothbrush to maintain your oral hygiene.

Visit an Orthodontist to Learn More

To learn more about proper oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephan Tisseront. At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have a complete examination to determine if one of these treatments is appropriate for your teeth:

• Lingual braces – worn on the backs of your teeth
• Ceramic devices – color-matching brackets and wires
• Traditional – metallic wires and brackets
• Invisalign – designed for adults and teenagers

The only way to know the best orthodontic treatment for your malocclusions is by having an examination with medical images. To schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, call 703-773-1200 today.

 

Words of Wisdom No.1 “Go On a White-Teeth Diet”

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When you wear braces, it can be much more difficult to keep your teeth white. Whether you wear Invisalign or metal braces, they can make it more difficult to adequately brush your teeth. One of the best ways to prevent stains while wearing Invisalign or traditional braces is to eat the right foods. The following foods will keep your teeth white and beautiful.

Apples

Apples do not just keep the doctor away; they also help your teeth stay white. The abrasive texture of this sweet fruit will scrub the stains right off your teeth. Whether you eat an apple as a snack or toss it in with your oatmeal, your teeth will thank you.

Strawberries

Strawberries are another fruit that will keep your teeth white. The malic acid in strawberries can remove surface stains from your teeth and make them look beautiful again. Try mashing up a strawberry with a fork and gently rubbing the paste on your teeth.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains a lot of iron, so it can help acid from eroding your teeth and causing stains. Having a side of broccoli at dinner can make a big difference in how your teeth look.

Cheese

If you love putting a slice of cheese on your sandwiches, you are definitely in luck. It turns out that cheese strengthens your enamel and stimulates saliva, which promotes white and healthy teeth.

Raisins

Raisins are very sticky, so you might think they aren’t the best for your teeth. However, chewing these raisins actually promotes saliva flow, reducing stains.

If you are looking for a qualified orthodontist, you should schedule an appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics. This orthodontist and his team of professionals will help you achieve the beautiful smile you have always desired. The staff are all very friendly and happy to answer all of your questions.

Orthodontic Fact #11

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For the Ancient Greeks, teeth-straightening was no picnic. In fact, it could be downright painful and not particularly successful. Fortunately, twenty-first century orthodontia is much simpler and more effective than the old style. Here are some benefits to having orthodontic procedures done to correct misaligned teeth in modern society.

Braces are fairly comfortable.

Unlike our ancient Greek ancestors, we can have our teeth fitted with wires in relative comfort. It doesn’t take long to get used to the feeling, and soon we forget the wires are even there. Before you know it, it’s time to remove them and enjoy an entirely new and improved appearance with enhanced chewing function by realigned teeth.

Braces are largely unnoticeable.

Invisalign is hardly noticed by observers. It’s an effective procedure for those who want to obscure the fact of having orthodontic work done. Although there are colorful, easy-to-spot wires for kids, many adults prefer the less noticeable kind that are clear and nearly invisible. Patients tend to be less self-conscious and can go about their regular activities with self-assurance.

Braces can make you healthier and more attractive.

An orthodontist can help your teeth become realigned by shifting teeth to fill gaps and turning tilted teeth to their correct position. In addition to Invisalign treatment, the orthodontist may recommend additional procedures such as having wisdom teeth extracted or a dental implant inserted, depending on a patient’s circumstances. Health-wise, teeth that are correctly aligned help to facilitate chewing, which in turns contributes to the digestive process. Well-aligned teeth are less likely to break, tip, or fall out, improving overall eating quality and bodily health.

If you have teeth that are missing, broken, or tipped, make an appointment with an orthodontist for an exam and diagnosis. With effective orthodontic treatment, you could have a whole new smile the twenty-first century pain-free way!  Schedule an exam with the orthodontist to find out if you can benefit from treatment such as Invisalign.