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Are you straightening your teeth with braces? If so, you need to take proper care of the appliance as well as your smile. Doing this can help you have a more successful and convenient orthodontic journey. One way to care for your teeth, gums and braces is to follow the food and beverage rules set for the alignment journey with braces. Our dentist, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez Flores, is happy to tell you all about those rules, which are:

-Don’t eat sticky and chewy foods (These foods can engulf the brackets and pull them off the teeth)

-Don’t chew gum (Gum can do the same thing as sticky and chewy foods)

-Don’t eat popcorn (The popcorn hulls can get stuck between the teeth and can damage your wires)

-Don’t eat nuts, seeds or chunky peanut butter (These foods can force the wires out of place)

-Don’t eat thick or crunchy foods (These foods can pull the brackets off the teeth, especially when you bite into them)

-Don’t eat corn on the cob (Biting into foods with your front teeth is not recommended)

-Don’t eat beef jerky (Tearing anything with your teeth can damage the braces)

-Don’t drink soda (Sugary and acidic beverages can stick to your teeth and promote cavities)

If you have any questions about what to eat and drink when you have braces in Mission, Texas, please contact Flores Dental Care today at 956-583-0055. When you reach out to our dental team, we will be thrilled to give you the answers and information you’re looking for!