You can certainly drink soda with braces since it won't damage them but the quantity and frequency of soda consumption can cause damage to the teeth underneath the braces because of the sugar and acid in soda. Rather than asking, can you drink soda, the question is more like, should you drink it?
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Can you drink soda with braces?
The short answer is, you can drink soda with braces because it won't harm them in anyway because the braces are made of metal and the carbonated sugary beverage will be unable to cause any damage to them. The only effect the soda would have on the brackets and wires would be causing them to stain if you drink an excessive amount of soda. That is the furthest extent that the sugary beverage can have on your wires.
Why can't you drink soda with braces?
Its not that you can't drink soda with them but rather should you really be drinking soda with braces? Soda has always been harmful to your teeth and the braces does not protect your teeth from the soda because when you drink it, the soda will still bathe your teeth in sugar and acid. The sugar and acid in the soda will still be bad for your teeth regardless of you having braces.
How is the soda bad for your teeth with braces on?
The sugar and acid in soda can potentially cause tooth decay and also white spots around the brackets of your braces. The more often you drink soda and the greater the quantity of it you drink will be directly correlated with the increase in chances of you getting cavities and white spots.
You can still get cavities from the soda even with braces on because they don't protect your teeth from the sugary beverage. Tooth decay can form on the teeth underneath the braces when you consume a lot of sugar and acids. The bacteria use the sugar as a fuel to create cavities and they work more effectively in an acidic environment. This makes soda very bad for cavities. If you happen to get a cavity while in braces, you will need a cavity filling but the good news is that our long island city dentists can take care of that for you!
White spots around braces
Drinking a lot of soda with braces can cause white spots to form around your braces, which are aesthetically unpleasing once you remove the braces after you complete orthodontic treatment. These white spots are small cavities that are trying to form but haven't quite matured into a full cavity. They may or may not progress to full cavities but the problem with them is that they are close to impossible to remove.
Our dentists in long island city have tried a variety of techniques to fix the white spots from braces but haven't been too successful. We've tried non-invasive techniques which varied in success but the most predictable would be porcelain veneers. Of course, that is a much more invasive procedure since you have to drill a way a thin layer of your front enamel to create room for the veneers.
So if you drink a lot of soda with braces, you may end up with a mouth full of veneers just to correct the cosmetic appearance of the white spots. If you thought the braces were expensive, you should see the price tag for the veneers!
Due to the potential for cavities and white spots forming around your braces, our LIC dentists recommend that you should limit the quantity and frequency of soda drinking while undergoing braces treatment. This applies to all types of sodas while wearing braces.
Although if you had to have your carbonated soda fix, we would recommend the type of sugar free soda to drink with braces on since they don't have sugar. Even though sugar free sodas don't have sugar, they can still cause cavities when drank in large quantities just because they are still acidic. Bacteria that cause cavities work the most effectively in acidic environments so don't give them the perfect place to work!
What about drinking soda through a straw with braces?
Are you thinking that you can solve the soda problem if you just drink it through a straw with braces on? Drinking soda through a straw while wearing braces can potentially help a little bit in preventing cavities and white spots but it won't eliminate the risk because some of the sugar will still come into contact with your teeth. The overall pH level of your mouth will still drop to acidic levels while you consume these beverages.
The acidity in your mouth caused by the sodas will still create an optimal environment for the bacteria to work in and form cavities.
Hopefully that answers your question of whether or not you can drink soda with braces. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our long island city office which is located on Jackson Ave. If you were wondering about ice cream with braces, we got you covered!