Orthodontic Dangers: Acid/Sodas and Loose Brackets
There is long standing evidence that drinking sodas or any type of drink that is carbonated and contains sugar will damage your teeth through the process of erosion. These drinks are extremely harmful to teeth. The question that many are pondering is whether or not these type of drinks pose any additional risks for those who wear braces.
The Indestructible Myth:
- Dr. Patricia Panucci is a respected orthodontist in the Manhattan Beach area, meaning she deals with quite a few cases in which the need to repair or replace braces exists. One of the most common misconceptions from those outside the world of dentistry is the belief that because the vast majority of braces are made of metal, they are indestructible. The truth is that there are a number of food types that can destroy the tooth and wreak havoc on braces.
The Dangers of Soda and Acid:
Whether you are wearing braces or not, the consumption of sweetened carbonated soft drinks poses an immediate threat to your teeth. In examining some of the comments on forums that discuss this very issue, it is easy to see that most people are completely oblivious to the dangers of the common soft drink beverages that are consumed daily. The problem is that being oblivious to the knowledge of the consequences of drinking these dangerous beverages does not exempt a person from them.
One of the most common negative effects of drinking carbonated sugary drinks is that they contribute heavily to tooth erosion. Tooth erosion is the slow process in which the surface of a person’s teeth is worn away. It is the loss of tooth structure, a gradual process with long lasting repercussions. This wearing away of the structure is due to the weakening of the dental enamel on the teeth. This thin layer of enamel is responsible for the maintenance of the tooth’s shape and structure. As the enamel wears away, it becomes increasingly difficult for the tooth to maintain its normal shape, strength and structure, resulting in a number of different dental issues. Tooth erosion is one of the greatest concerns when it comes to oral health care.
Diet Sodas Too
Because most people who are aware of the dangers of sodas to teeth believe that the culprit is the sugar contained in the sodas, they postulate that drinking diet sodas is the answer. This could not be further from the truth. The sugar in these drinks does play a major role in tooth decay, but it is the acid that has the greatest impact on the destruction of tooth enamel. Normally, the body has a natural way of combating the effects of acid on the teeth. The process is known as remineralization. Remineralization occurs when the calcium in your saliva helps to re-strengthen teeth after small amounts of acid have been consumed; however, when large amounts are consumed it does not allow the remineralization process to occur.
The acid in the sodas also wreaks havoc on braces, specifically the brackets. The acid degrades the effectiveness of the glue that is used to hold the braces onto the teeth. This causes the orthodontic brackets to become loose and subsequently fall off. This is one of the top reasons that orthodontist such as Dr. Panucci have to repair and replace braces.
If you or a loved one lives in the Manhattan Beach area, and you are in need of having your braces replaced or repaired, or maybe in need of a new set of braces, you should contact Dr. Panucci’s office to discuss the benefits of active self-ligating brackets.
Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.
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