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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Wednesday, 07/23/2014 - 09:02

The foods and beverages you consume while wearing braces directly affect the outcome of your braces treatment

In this article, I’d like to discuss the importance of making the proper food choices while undergoing your brace treatment, as the foods you choose will in large determine your brace-wearing success.

Foods to eat (and how to eat them)

Luckily, with a little bit of ingenuity, brace wearers may indulge in a multitude of their favourite foods and beverages. For instance, you may still enjoy a delicious bag of popcorn, as long as you avoid the kernels as well as any pieces that are not entirely popped. Likewise, snacks such as crisps and crackers may be eaten, provided they are first broken into small pieces and chewed with the back teeth; the same goes for fruit and raw vegetables. Fizzy / carbonated drinks are not recommended, but may be consumed in small amounts occasionally at mealtimes and preferably using a straw. Lastly, many brace wearers are ecstatic to discover they may still eat frozen yoghurt!

Foods to Avoid

Along with the good news comes the bad, but remember, this situation is only temporary. Your braces will be off in no time, and you’ll be able to return to eating anything and everything your heart desires.

Topping the, what NOT to eat list, is anything sticky or chewy. This includes toffee, caramel, sweets, jelly beans and hard chocolate bars to name a few. Hard foods, such as pizza crust, hard sweets, ice cubes, nuts and crusty bread should also be avoided, as they can damage your braces and extend your wear time. The same holds true for hard-centered foods such as ribs, chicken drumsticks, and corn on the cob, which may only be eaten if you remove the meat from the bone, or corn from the cob prior to consumption.


In addition to watching what you eat while wearing braces, you’ll also want to be aware of any potentially damaging habits you might have, such as fingernail biting and chewing on pens and pencils. These bad habits should be avoided for the duration of your treatment, so as not to break or loosen braces.

These tips and tricks, if followed diligently, will optimize your braces treatment, and the superior smile that results will be well worth the small sacrifice.

If you are considering braces and have some concerns you would like to address, please schedule a consultation at my centre in Hammersmith in West London, or my new centre in Harley Place Central London. I would be happy to meet with you, answer your questions, and provide you with multiple brace options to cater to your individual lifestyle and preferences.

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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Thursday, 07/10/2014 - 18:23

Do Invisalign prices vary from office to office? How can I decide where to go?

Invisalign fees can vary but you have to make sure you read thoroughly what the fee contains. With all our treatment fees we include the entire treatment – all your appointments including any emergencies, your retainers and monitoring you during the retention period for an additional year. So there are no hidden surprises during treatment for additional fees for retainers or add-ons for emergencies.

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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Thursday, 06/19/2014 - 12:22

What is the difference between a cosmetic dentist and an orthodontist?

All orthodontists are dentists but only a smaller number of dentists are orthodontists. To become a specialist orthodontist requires further extensive specialist training. Orthodontic treatment starts with the end goal in mind – one has to plan the desired result which has to be stable and ensuring the patients’ profile is kept in balance and harmony. To ensure the correct tooth movements occur, this has to be perfectly planned. Being able to plan takes training and experience. Only after completing the accredited training you are allowed to register on the Specialist GDC register.

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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Monday, 06/16/2014 - 11:09

How can I maintain oral health while pregnant?

During pregnancy, the hormones can cause a heightened or increased response to plaque – for example, a small amount of plaque which would not normally cause the gums to become inflamed, can cause an increased amount of inflammation or gingivitis during pregnancy. It may be advisable to use an electric or sonic tooth brush which can make the brushing easier and more thorough. It is important to maintain flossing the teeth. The gums may be further cleaned by the use of a Waterpik or Sonic Airfloss. It is vital that you see your dentist for regular check-ups throughout the pregnancy.

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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Thursday, 05/22/2014 - 10:09

What is the importance of wearing retainers after orthodontic treatments?

The most important stage of orthodontic treatment is retention. When the braces are removed, the teeth naturally want to move back into their original positions in varying degrees. The teeth will form new ‘fibre attachments’ into their new positions but this takes time as it’s a natural healing process. Retainers will ‘hold’ the teeth in their new positions and reduce the risk of movement (known as relapse) while the new fibre attachments are forming. Throughout our lives, the teeth will move in varying degrees but retainers ensure that you are able to maintain your new great smile.

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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Monday, 04/07/2014 - 06:18

Can everyone get Invisalign invisible braces, including children?

Yes, you most certainly can wear Invisalign as a teenager. Some of the more severe cases may not be possible to treat with Invisalign and Dr Kyi will assess your suitability for Invisalign braces. The Invisalign aligners are worn for approximately 22 hours a day and changed every two weeks. One of the many advantages of Invisalign is being removable – so no changes to your diet or any difficulties with cleaning your teeth. But also the biggest advantage over metal fixed braces are their appearance – they are virtually invisible braces.

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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Tuesday, 04/01/2014 - 08:37

How young is too young to get braces?

When the new adult teeth are erupting in some children, these new teeth can erupt in the wrong position and can cause problems to the neighboring teeth. In a number of these cases, we provide orthodontic treatment to patients as young as eight years old to correct the ‘bite’. We often use a removable brace, but in some cases a small fixed brace can be fitted on the adult teeth.

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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Thursday, 03/27/2014 - 12:58

How do I determine if clear braces / metal braces is right for me?

If appearance is important and you are looking to wear clear and discrete braces –then clear ceramic braces are an excellent choice. They are transparent and tooth coloured braces. They look great but also work in the same way as traditional metal braces – providing the same results.

Metal braces are great if you wish to have coloured elastics and make wearing braces as fun as possible. You can change your elastic colours at every appointment – you can match your elastic colour to your favourite outfit every month!

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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Wednesday, 03/19/2014 - 10:57

Can I still eat anything I like with Invisalign braces?

Invisalign braces are excellent as they are removable braces –you do not need to make any special adjustments to your diet or your tooth-brushing regimes. Invisalign braces are clear, transparent aligners and you remove them for eating and drinking. You can still enjoy crunching into an apple and eating nuts which you would not be possible with a fixed brace.

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Submitted by Chaw Su Kyi on Friday, 03/07/2014 - 07:32

How often do I need to come for my appointments?

Usually you will attend every 6-8 weekly intervals throughout your orthodontic treatment. In some stages of your brace treatment, these appointments may be more frequent being 4-weekly, and other times can be of longer intervals of every 10-weeks. Damon braces which are self-ligating braces allow longer time intervals between appointments. Damon braces have less ‘friction’, and the teeth can move a little more easily in most cases. Your orthodontist will advise you at each appointment when to schedule your next appointment.

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