Bad Habits to Avoid with Braces
If you have braces, you may have had your orthodontist give you a list of foods to avoid eating such as popcorn and sticky candy. In addition to those foods, you should be aware of the bad habits to avoid while having braces.
Bad Habits to Avoid with Braces | Opening Things with Your Teeth
This tends to affect impatient people. You get a new shirt that you want to put on, but the tags are still on it. Instead of finding scissors, you bite down on the plastic. This is a dangerous thing to do with braces. This could break your brackets off your teeth or snap the wire. It can also damage your teeth if you are applying enough pressure. You are at risk of chipping your tooth every time you decide against finding a pair of scissors. Having a chipped tooth with braces is not an issue that you want to get yourself into.
Bad Habits to Avoid with Braces | Nail Biting
This can be especially damaging if you bite your nails habitually. The pressure you put on your nail when you bite can force your teeth out of alignment. This can be a tricky habit to break especially if you’ve been doing it for a long time. Along with the potential damage biting your nails can do to your tooth alignment, it is also a habit that can get you sick. If you are swallowing the nail bits, you can be causing damage to your throat and stomach. They are sharp pieces of nail that you are swallowing.
Bad Habits to Avoid with Braces | Eating Ice
In the summer especially, it is tempting to chew on the extra ice in your drink to cool down. However, this can certainly break the brackets off your teeth and snap the wires of your braces.
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