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When being treated at Lenz Orthodontics, patients are encouraged to make necessary diet modifications to protect their braces and to ensure the health of the tissues in the mouth.
It is advised by Dr. Lenz to avoid or completely eliminate certain beverages during treatment for this reason.
Drinks suggestive of causing dental decay by your dentist should be restricted while wearing braces. This includes drinks high in sugar and acid. If high sugary drinks are to be consumed, they should be limited to meal times or once a day. The mouth produces more saliva during meals which, in turn, helps to neutralize acids and rinse food from the mouth.
While these drinks taste great...they're not the best thing for you while in orthodontic treatment. Try your best to steer clear of:
- Fizzy Soft Drinks – sodas especially cola
- Sports Drinks – isotonic and energy drinks
- Fruit Juices – lemon juice has citric acid
- Sweetened liquids – syrup and honey
What's left to drink on the beverage menu?
Water from the tap is proven to be the best. It is a natural source and is rich in fluoride. 6-8 glasses of water per day will keep you away from sugary drinks and fatty foods high in sugar. It also helps to wash away food coloring, chemicals and sugars consumed from food. Milk is another alternative, low in sugar and acids, with an added benefit of being high in calcium...keeping your teeth and bones strong and healthy.