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Orthodontic treatment is a huge investment in your future smile, which is why it is very important to do everything you can to keep your appliance in tip-top shape. Whether you believe it or not, your braces aren’t as tough as you might think. Yes, they can successfully move your teeth, but there are things that can break and harm them. This is why it’s important to do all you can do take good care of them. One thing you should do is avoid eating certain treats, and those treats are:

Caramel

Because caramel is so sticky, it is extremely dangerous for your appliance as well as for your smile. When you eat caramel, the product sticks to your teeth, gums, and braces and it is extremely difficult to remove. Now, because this treat is so difficult to clean, it’s hard to remove every bit from your smile, therefore promoting tooth decay. Dental cavities are a serious problem in the world today, and you should avoid them at all costs.

Saltwater Taffy

Saltwater taffy is also extremely sticky, which is why it is so harmful to your appliance and oral health. Just like caramel, saltwater taffy can break your orthodontic brackets and it can create tooth decay by clinging to your teeth for a long period of time. So, we strongly recommend staying away from saltwater taffy.

Popcorn

The kernels in the popcorn are what make this treat so harmful. When you eat the popcorn, the kernels tend to lodge themselves between the brackets and teeth, causing major discomfort and additional complications. The kernels can also severely damage the appliance by breaking the brackets off of your teeth. These are the reasons why we ask you to avoid eating popcorn.

These treats are harmful to your appliance, so please do your best to avoid eating these foods as much as possible. We care for you and your smile, and we want you to have the straightest and most beautiful teeth possible. So, if you have a problem with your braces in Zanesville, Ohio, or if you have a question, please call Northpointe Dental today at 740-454-6644 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Brian J. Waggle. Our dedicated team is here to help you in any way we can!