Can you eat chocolate with braces?

In this short article, we will provide an answer to the question, “Can you eat chocolate with braces?” with an in-depth analysis of braces, the purpose of braces, and the disadvantages of braces. Moreover, we will enlist the chocolates that can be consumed with braces and the ones that should be avoided. 

Can you eat chocolate with braces?

Yes, you can eat chocolates with braces, but the key is to consume in limited amounts and only during meal times. For the safe side, it is best to reach for options that have low sugar content. 

Braces, an introduction:

Braces are being used by people to improve their teeth mainly to correct malocclusion or the misalignment of the teeth. These are usually preferred for children and teenagers but nowadays there are a great number of adults who are also looking for braces.

Adults are now looking for orthodontic treatments so that they can look good especially when they smile because a smile is all about teeth. The dental braces are successful and they owe their success to technology because it makes things easier and helps predict future results. 

Braces are put on the person according to the need of the person as well as according to the design which is needed or selected by braces. 

There are different kinds of misalignments that are being fixed with the help of braces. These common alignments are as follows:

Underbite:

An underbite is an alignment in which the lower jaw will be more projected than the upper jaw.

Overbite:

Overbite is the opposite of the underbite and an overbite the upper jaw will be projecting more as compared to the lower jaw.

Overcrowding:

Overcrowding is an alignment in which teeth twist or can be misaligned and change their shape or direction because of the less space in arches.

Crossbite:

Crossbite is the condition in which teeth that are present on the upper arch bite down either inside or outside of the corresponding teeth on the lower arch. This happens similarly in the opposite direction too.

Purpose of braces:

If teeth are crooked, misaligned or not spaced properly then it can be considered an aesthetic issue but if plants are not aligned properly then it will affect appearance as well.

The advantages of having braces are as follows:

  • Improved oral hygiene
  • Better Digestion
  • Improved Confidence

Improved oral hygiene:

If teeth are not aligned properly then it will make the hygiene of the mouth more difficult. Some places can be difficult to reach and tightly packed teeth can become breeding ground for oral bacteria.

Better digestion:

If food is not properly chewed then it can also lead to poor digestion. This happens when teeth are not properly aligned. Braces help in the realignment of teeth and jaw so that proper functioning can happen.

Improved confidence:

People with braces have improved their confidence because they can wear their smiles with pride.

Disadvantages of braces

Braces can lead to other dental issues as well. They can also interfere with the food and make eating a little bit difficult and there should be extra care which is needed for the person if he gets braces.

Eating chocolates with braces

Chocolates have a high amount of sugar content. The high sugar content can increase the chance of cavity-causing bacterial infection. It is better to reach for dark chocolates rather than milk chocolates and make sure to clean teeth and braces well after eating.

Any type of soft chocolate, from a chocolate bar, will be perfectly fine to consume while wearing braces. However, it is better to avoid very large or hard pieces of chocolate.

If for some reason, you have consumed a large piece of chocolate, it could be hard to chew the piece, as it could damage the braces. 

Also, chocolate can adhere to the component of braces. They get stuck into the wires, elastics, brackets, and between the teeth and braces causing immense discomfort and damage to the braces.

In addition, if the chocolate is frozen, it will be very troublesome and complicated to bite into, again, it is likely to cause excessive damage to the teeth. It is best to consume normal-sized chocolate bars.

Chocolate to avoid while wearing braces

  • Chomp
  • Crunchie
  • Double Decker
  • Daim
  • Toffee Crisp
  • Snickers
  • Picnic
  • Yorkie
  • Munchies

Chocolates that are safe to eat while wearing braces

  • Aero
  • Twirl
  • Maltesers
  • Mars
  • Flake
  • Galaxy
  • Wispa
  • Bounty
  • MilkyWay

Conclusion 

In this short article, we have provided an answer to the question, “Can you eat chocolate with braces?” with an in-depth analysis of braces, the purpose of braces, and the disadvantages of braces. Moreover, we will enlist the chocolates that can be consumed with braces and the ones that should be avoided. 

References

https://www.manchesterorthodontics.co.uk/blogs/articles/is-it-okay-to-eat-chocolate-when-wearing-braces

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