If you love soda, you may be wondering if it’s okay to keep drinking it while wearing braces or aligners. The truth is that while soda doesn’t harm the appliances themselves, it can damage the beautiful smile you’re working towards. Since our goal as the Experts in the Art of Orthodontics is to deliver results you’ll love, let’s discuss why it’s probably not a good idea to drink soda during your treatment.
Why Soda is Bad for Your Teeth
The biggest reason you should avoid soda is because it’s made with loads of sugar. In fact, one 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 8 teaspoons of sugar, all of which settles on your teeth, allowing the bacteria in your mouth to feed on it and causes cavities. Another reason soda is bad for your teeth — even if it’s sugar-free — is because it contains acid, which strips away essential vitamins and minerals from tooth enamel and causes decalcification, tooth softening, and cavities. When you combine the sugar and acid in soda, you have a perfect recipe for tooth disease. You’re also more susceptible for white lesions to form where enamel becomes demineralized.
The Extra Dangers of Drinking Soda During Orthodontic Treatment
If you drink soda frequently while wearing orthodontics, you may be shocked at what you see when your appliances come off. The color of your teeth where brackets were will probably look the same as before, but the exposed areas of your teeth will likely be demineralized and thus develop those white lesions we mentioned above. And beyond cosmetic reasons, these white lesions can progress to decay, leaving you with teeth that need to be filled or possibly even pulled. This disappointment can be a huge contrast to the perfect smile that we’re working toward!
If You Can’t Lose the Craving, Use a Straw
We definitely understand that it’s hard to give up all the things you love while wearing braces or aligners! It’s okay to drink a soda every once in a while, but make sure to use a straw so it passes by your teeth instead of settling on them. And when you’re finished with any soft drink, brush your teeth thoroughly to remove the sugar and acid we discussed above. The very best way to ensure amazing results from braces or orthodontics is to drink water when you’re thirsty.
All of our Experts in the Art of Orthodontics at Bankhead want you to love your new smile, and we’ll do everything we can to make that happen. If you do your part by following our guidelines about what to eat and drink during treatment, you’ll enjoy a bright, beautiful set of teeth for many years to come!
If you or your child need braces, work with the experts at Bankhead Orthodontic Specialists. Serving the St. Louis, MO, Metro area as well as southeastern Illinois via six convenient locations, these trained specialists offer traditional, lingual and clear braces as well as Invisalign® to provide patients with highly customized solutions. Call (636) 978-8848 today to schedule a consultation, and visit the website for more information about braces.