Redding Dentist: Could Braces Cause Cavity?

Dr. Parvin Carter

There are several types of braces:

Invisalign Braces:

Invisalign braces are virtually invisible. Invisalign is a proprietary method of orthodontic treatment which uses a series of clear, removable teeth aligners used as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces. As of April 2008, more than 730,000 patients have completed or are currently in treatment. These alignment trays are created from molds and can be removed for brushing and flossing. They’re the Cadillac of braces; they are even more affordable than traditional braces with shorter straightening time

Metal Braces

Metal braces are of the oldest used braces and any orthodontist can provide this system of braces. The system involves brackets that are glued to each tooth.  When initially attached are irritating to your gums, and could be very hard to get used to.  Often food gets stuck underneath and difficult to remove them with brushing. Also Canker sores irritate the gums, will cause the roots of teeth to shorten for most patients, and  tooth decay occurs in up to 50% of patients using metallic braces. Most traditional metal braces are installed with elastic rubber bands called ligatures.

Ceramic Braces:

Ceramic braces are worn on the front of your teeth just like metal ones. They are made from tooth-colored composite, so they’re practically invisible. These braces have a few disadvantages when compared to metallic braces. They are more fragile and larger in thickness can therefore, damage your teeth, and take longer to work. The disadvantages of ceramic braces were reviewed by this author before.

Of the three different types of the braces only the invisalign braces are removable. Patients could, before eating, remove their invisalign and wear them back after brushing and flossing. Since metallic and ceramic braces can not be removed for  eating, they can be dislodged and wires bent or broken while eating certain foods. Hard foods, such as nuts, hard candy, corn chips, and even crisp taco shells, can harm your conventional braces and should be avoided. Chewing ice cubes, pens, pencils, etc. can also be very destructive to metallic and some ceramic braces. Foods, such as whole apples, raw carrots or celery, are healthy snacks, but must be cut into thin slices to avoid damaging these type of  braces.

Metallic and Ceramic braces limit the food you can eat

Chewy foods, such as gum, caramels, and even thick bread crusts and bagels, can bend and distort wires causing treatment delays and extra visits for repairs. Popcorn can cause harm in multiple ways. The husks from the popcorn can become lodged beneath the braces and cause irritation to the gum tissue. Un-popped kernels can shear or break off brackets as well as bend or dislodge wires . Cleaning,mouth with braces  is more difficult  and because  prevent accurate x-rays from being taken, as a result patients may develop cavities.

All these problems can be prevented by using invisalign which are series of clear, removable teeth aligners.

In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 360 patients with Invisalign.

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