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Ah, braces; they're like the unsung heroes of beautiful smiles. But when you first get them, you might feel like you've just signed up for a culinary boot camp with a long list of foods to avoid. Don't worry, though; it's not as daunting as it seems. As a leading cosmetic dentist in McKinney, TX, we've seen our fair share of braces and the challenges they bring. 

But fear not. We're here to guide you through the dos and don'ts of eating with braces, making your journey to a perfect smile as smooth and delicious as possible. Let’s take a look!

Understanding Braces and Your Diet

When you get braces, your diet needs a bit of a makeover. It's like learning to dance: you have to know which steps to take and which to avoid. 

Hard, chewy, and sticky foods are the main no-nos. They can bend wires, snap brackets, and make your journey to a straight smile a bumpy one. But it's not all about avoidance. This change in diet is also a fantastic opportunity to explore new foods and recipes that are not only safe for your braces but also nutritious and delicious.

Soft foods are the superheroes for anyone with braces. Think of scrambled eggs, oatmeal, soft cheeses, and tender meats like chicken or fish. These foods are gentle on your braces and reduce the risk of damage. 

Plus, they're easy to clean off your braces, which is super important for maintaining good oral hygiene. With braces, it's crucial to avoid any food that might get stuck and cause plaque buildup, leading to tooth decay or gum disease.

Adapting to a braces-friendly diet might seem challenging at first, but it's a chance to get creative in the kitchen. Try blending fruits into smoothies or mashing vegetables for a healthy side dish. Remember, this dietary shift isn't forever; it's just a temporary step toward achieving that perfect smile.

Safe Snacks and Sweets

In the world of braces, snacks and sweets require a bit more thought, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy them. It's all about choosing the right kinds. 

For sweets, the key is to avoid anything too hard or sticky. But don't fret; there are plenty of brace-friendly options that can satisfy your sweet tooth. Soft fruits like bananas, berries, and melons are great choices. You can even indulge in a bit of dark chocolate; it's softer on braces compared to other candies.

If you're a fan of savory snacks, there are plenty of options that won't harm your braces. Soft baked goods, cheese cubes, and yogurt are all excellent choices. These snacks are not only safe for your braces but also provide essential nutrients. 

And for those times when you're craving something crunchy, try baked veggie chips or soft pretzels. They offer that satisfying crunch without the risk of damaging your braces.

Mealtime Magic

Mealtimes with braces don't have to be a challenge; they can be a delightful culinary adventure. The key is to adapt your favorite meals to be braces-friendly. 

Love crunchy vegetables? Try steaming them to make them softer. Can't live without steak? Opt for tender cuts and take small bites. Even your favorite pasta dishes can be enjoyed with braces; just make sure to cook the pasta until it's nice and soft.

Don't let braces limit your culinary creativity. Experiment with different cooking methods like braising or slow cooking, which can make meats and vegetables perfectly tender for braces. Dishes like casseroles, lasagnas, and soft tacos are fantastic options. They are not only delicious but also gentle on your braces and easy to chew.

And let's talk about breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Soft-boiled or scrambled eggs, smoothies packed with your favorite fruits, and oatmeal with a touch of honey or fruit are all excellent choices. They provide the necessary nutrients to kickstart your day and keep your braces happy.

Drinks and Braces: A Liquid Guide

When it comes to drinks with braces, it's not just about avoiding the hard and chewy stuff; it's about making smart choices for your overall dental health. 

Sugary drinks like sodas, fruit juices, and energy drinks can be particularly harmful. They contribute to tooth decay, and with braces, it's harder to clean your teeth effectively, making matters worse. And don't forget about staining: drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine can leave unsightly marks on your teeth and braces.

But it's not all doom and gloom. There are plenty of brace-friendly drink options. Water is, of course, the champion of drinks. It's hydrating, cleanses your mouth, and has no sugar or acid to damage your teeth or braces. Herbal teas, milk, and clear, sugar-free drinks are also safe choices. They provide variety without the risks associated with sugary or colored beverages.

It's also worth noting that how you drink can make a difference. Using a straw can help minimize the contact between your teeth, braces, and harmful liquids. This simple technique can be a game-changer in maintaining the integrity of your braces and the health of your teeth.

Foods to Absolutely Avoid

Navigating your diet with braces means being aware of the absolute no-go foods. Hard candies, popcorn, and nuts top this list. They can easily cause damage to the brackets and wires, leading to discomfort and unplanned dental visits. Ice is another hidden villain; chewing on ice can easily break your braces.

Sticky foods are just as problematic. They cling to your braces, making them difficult to clean and increasing the risk of plaque buildup. Caramel, gum, and chewy candy should be avoided for the duration of your braces treatment.

It's not just about the immediate risk of damage; it's also about long-term oral health. Foods that are tough to clean off can lead to plaque buildup, increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Being mindful of these food choices is essential to ensure your braces journey is smooth and your oral health remains in top condition.

Enamel Dentistry: Your Partner in Braces Care

Here at Enamel Dentistry, we understand the intricacies of living with braces. We're not just about fixing problems; we're about preventing them and making your experience as enjoyable as possible. Our team, including the talented Dr. Chodavadia, is dedicated to providing personalized, modern dental care.

But what sets us apart? It's our unique approach to dental care. We believe a visit to the dentist should be something to look forward to, not something to dread. Our office in the McKinney area is designed with your comfort in mind. From enjoying your favorite Netflix show during your visit to having a laugh with our fun-loving team, we ensure every aspect of your experience is enjoyable.

And when it comes to braces, we're experts. We guide our patients through their braces journey, offering advice on diet, oral hygiene, and brace care. Our use of state-of-the-art technology and techniques ensures you get the best care possible. Whether it's a routine check-up or a complex dental issue, we're here to support and guide you for your cosmetic makeovers.

In Summary

Navigating life with braces can seem challenging, but with the right guidance and adjustments, it's a journey filled with rewarding results. Remember, it's not just about avoiding certain foods; it's about embracing a diet that's kind to your braces and your oral health. 

And when in doubt, Enamel Dentistry, your trusted cosmetic dentist in McKinney, TX, is here to help. With our focus on comfort, modern care, and personalized attention, we're dedicated to making your path to a perfect smile as delightful as the results. So, embrace your braces journey with confidence, and let us be your guide to a brighter, healthier smile.

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Post - OP Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

February 20, 2024

Post – Op Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges usually take 2-3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, scans are taken, and a temporary crown/bridge is placed on the tooth/teeth. A custom fit temporary restoration will be fabricated to protect your teeth and gum tissue while your permanent crown or bridge is being created at the dental laboratory. The temporary prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, so it is essential that it stay in place for the duration of the time in between appointments.

A temporary, however, is not as durable as a permanent restoration, nor is it sealed completely, so it is important to be very careful chewing on that side, as well as keeping the area clean. Having sensitivity on the tooth/teeth while the temporary is in place is normal and will subside when the permanent restoration is placed, however, If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks after the permanent restoration is placed, please contact our office.

Home Care

While your temporary is in place it is important to keep your gum tissue as clean and healthy as possible. You may need to alter your oral hygiene habits in the interim as temporary restorations are cemented with a special cement that is designed to come off easily. Continue to thoroughly brush and floss every day.

However, when flossing, take special care to pull the floss out from the side rather than out from the top. Pulling out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose. If your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can arrange to cement it back into place.

Do not attempt to “glue” the temporary crown back in yourself or “go without it” as the teeth may become sensitive or shift slightly, preventing placement of the permanent crown. You can use a denture adhesive like Fixodent or toothpaste to hold the crown or bridge temporarily until you can get to our office.

Once your permanent crown or bridge is cemented, it is important to remember that these ceramic or zirconia restorations do not decay, but the teeth underneath them do. The most susceptible area for decay is at, or below, the area where the tooth and restoration meet. If this area is not routinely cleaned bacterial plaque will form around the restoration, which oftentimes lead to decay. This is the most common reason for needing to replace permanent crowns and/or bridges. Therefore, it is important that you maintain a diligent daily home care program to clean your teeth and gums.

Fixed dental bridges require additional cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth). Since this “false tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are available at most pharmacies.

Chewing

Although your temporary restoration should be very comfortable, you will need to alter your chewing habits to ensure the temporary stays in place in the interim in between appointments. 

Avoid chewing hard and sticky foods on the temporary crown such as gum, caramels, taffy, or hard candy. Also, if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. If your bite feels uneven or your teeth do not come together as they did before, please contact us immediately.

After the permanent restoration is placed it is normal to feel slight pressure and sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days up to a few weeks. If, however, after 2-3 days your bite still feels uneven, contact our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently. If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks, please contact your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Fillings

February 20, 2024

Post – Operative Instructions: Fillings

Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthesia has worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.

Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure following the placement of fillings. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not getting worse), everything is fine, and there is no need for concern. However if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your local dentist.

Once the anesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give our office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.

The gum tissue can sometimes be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.

Composite (tooth colored) fillings set up right away and can be chewed on as soon as the anesthetic wears off.

Home Care

Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Deep Cleaning

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Post – Operative Instructions: Deep Cleaning

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The purpose of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the gum line and smooth out rough target areas thereby eliminating the inflammation and infection that is the causative factor in gum disease. The progression of gum disease can be halted by removing inflammation and disrupting bacterial bio-film development with regular maintenance visits and meticulous home care.

After treatment you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissues. Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth will taste and feel better. The following tips will make you more comfortable, help to prevent any possible compilations and ensure the success of the procedure.

Discomfort

You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any tenderness or discomfort. Take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) unless you have medical conditions or allergies.

It is not unusual for the teeth to be more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, and/or sweets. This is normal. This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size and should gradually resolve in a few weeks with proper home care. Consistently brushing two to three times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may alleviate this over time. Avoid toothpastes with “whitening” or baking soda, as this will contribute to the problem. If sensitivity continues or is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.

Home Care

To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses. If CloSYS is prescribed, use as directed.

Resume your home care regimen of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and daily flossing immediately, but be gentle with the area recently treated. Your gum health must be maintained with proper home care, as instructed, and regular dental visits. You may use a WaterPik if recommended as well.

Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planing as tobacco will delay healing of the tissues. Smoking cessation is highly recommended.

Diet

After scaling and root planing, avoid chewing in the area until the anesthetic has worn off completely. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue or lip while numb.

For several days following treatment, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid any hard foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, or seeds.

Bleeding

Minor bleeding that results in a pinkish tinge to your saliva is normal and may occur during the first 48 hours following treatment. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If excessive bleeding should occur, apply light pressure to the area with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag and call the office immediately for more assistance.

Follow – Up Care

We ask patients to return in 3-4 months following scaling and root planing for an additional periodontal evaluation. At this appointment the healing response of your periodontal tissues will be evaluated as well as the effectiveness of your oral self-care in order to determine if further periodontal treatments are necessary as well as the frequency of your recall interval. This appointment will include re-probing the periodontal tissues as well as a maintenance cleaning.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns