Everyone’s braces journey happens to be in a certain period of time. To some, it has started in the early childhood and to some in the late teenager years, even the number of adults is equal with teens.
If you didn’t have the need to use braces, congratulations you are the rare lucky person on earth.
Let me tell you, planning to invest in your oral health is a great thing, but you will feel pain and wide food consumption will be chosen by your orthodontist. Coffee might be one of them. It does great benefits to health, but let’s see if it does the same with oral health.
Wanna find out more information keep reading the article. Enjoy!
Conventional Braces And Morning Coffee
I know, having conventional metal or ceramic braces glued on your teeth is not so smile-friendly. Upkeeping with the braces is a little more difficult, but not like herding cats.
If you’re going to consume coffee, soda, tea, wine, or any other dark-colored beverage, you’ll need to maintain your teeth clean at all times. Your teeth, as well as the brackets on your braces, are very prone to discoloration.
To avoid stains from the braces, you should try to drink dark-colored liquids with a straw whenever the chance is given. If you can’t find a straw nearby, clean your teeth with your pointer finger and rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash as soon as possible.
Invisalign/Retainers and Coffee
Let’s talk about Invisalign and retainers a little bit.
Invisalign aims to straighten your teeth whereas retainers aim to keep the shape after braces are taken out.
Now that we know the difference, let’s see how coffee affects both.
Maintenance with retainers is much easier. Here is why; when you brush your teeth, there is no obstacle, since there is no metal in the front takes up space in your mouth, and now the brush goes deeper and cleans the teeth fully.
This is not the case with Invisalign. They are removable as well. You can always put them on and off every time you eat or drink. Orthodontics says that it can stain your trays and that thought of clear Invisalign is not possible.
Invisalign is invisible (looking from a distance) and if they appear visible to naked eyes, then you should get a new pair since it’s impossible to whiten them up.
Can You Drink Coffee with Braces?
Coffee addicts may have serious issues starting the day without having at least once a day but the question is can you drink coffee with braces?
Of course, you can, who can stop you? But for the sake of a perfect smile, are you ready to give up on coffee? That is the question.
Caffeine is the ingredient that makes people so addicted. We all know that, but another option to reduce the coffee urge is getting a cup of coffee that is caffeine-free. It is called “Decaf coffee”.
Decaf coffee still contains caffeine, but it is the only way to quit drinking if you want to, but can’t.
Do you still insist on drinking coffee? – Well, the chances of the stained teeth are high.
What To Do To Prevent Stain?
Brush Your Teeth Regularly
Now the next question is how often should you brush your teeth?
Dental experts say twice a day is enough to get out the gunk stuck in your teeth (specifically braces). This doubles the effort and consumes more time in the brushing process.
If you don’t brush them for a long time, the bacteria nest will happen and can cause lifetime yellowish teeth.
Dentists all the time say brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, not more than 2 minutes. Stay away from hacks you see on social media about baking soda, lemon, and charcoal tubes of toothpaste.
These components do more harm than good. Another thing worth mentioning is Textured Teeth Wipes which are another great option to have in case you can’t find toothpaste nearby, or an unexpected road trip happens.
Electric or Manual Toothbrush?
Actually, this is the last thing to be concerned about. They both do the same job, as long as you are cleaning your teeth, it is up to which one you choose. But to some people, using an electric toothbrush is easier.
Overall it’s all about cleaning, not the process you go through during cleaning.
Floss And Rinse With Mouthwash
After finishing the brushing process, it is time to move on to flossing.
We have to do that because the braces don’t give us full access to the brush deep inside. The leftover part is handled by floss. It kills bacteria stuck in hidden places where the naked eye can’t see.
If you already have braces, you know the faded whiteness of their teeth in comparison to before putting them on. Take care of them. Smile is the most unique and beautiful accessory we wear, we don’t wanna lose that accessory right?
Mouthwash is a great tool to keep in your bag, besides being carriable, it reduces the effect of the colored food, cleans your tongue as well gives fresh breath. Your teeth will be super clean and no stain is allowed to enter.
Use Straws (If Possible)
Now, most of these fancy-named coffees are served with a straw. Sometimes, waiters put 2 or more straws. This is a great way for keeping your teeth clean and white.
Straw helps coffee directly go through the lungs with less touching on the teeth. This is not about just coffee, other drinks like tea, soda, juice are included. Try to turn it into a routine. If you are an espresso drinker then deal with the stain.
Should You Give Up Drinking Coffee If You Have Braces?
Straight from the shoulder, it would probably be best if you stop drinking coffee completely.
If you can’t give up coffee completely, make it a once-in-a-while indulgence. If you keep drinking constantly, make sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward.
You might want to consider investing in a Waterpik, which will help you to remove any leftover dark stains before they become harder to clean.
Finally, if you prefer iced coffee as much as hot coffee, you can drink it using a straw to reduce the amount of beverage that comes into contact with your teeth.
At the end of the day, just not drinking coffee doesn’t help.
Many other food and drinks are highly impacting while wearing braces. Don’t go hard on this topic, just be clean, pay a visit to an orthodontist regularly and you are good.