Why Your Braces Prefer Water Over Soft Drinks

Published by Dr. Charles Gemmi

A Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Charles Gemmi has been a practicing orthodontist with Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center. Orthodontics Limited is a Diamond+ Provider of Invisalign in Philadelphia and Hatboro, PA.

Here are some interesting stats about soft drinks:

  • The average person drinks about 45 gallons of soda per year.
  • 7% of adults drink four servings or more per day.
  • At least 20% of children drink four servings or more per day.

Soft drinks are loaded with sugar and empty calories. Consumption has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems.

As you know, we recommend that our patients avoid soft drinks. Here’s why they pose a danger both during your orthodontic treatment and after:

1. The Acids Eat Away At Your Tooth Enamel

Your tooth enamel is strong—the hardest substance in your body, in fact. But the phosphoric acid and citric acid in soft drinks (ironic name for sodas, isn’t it?) is stronger.

2. Carbonated Sugar Is Replacing Calcium-Rich Milk

In 1966, Americans drank more milk (33 gallons/year) than soft drinks (20 gallons/year). Contrast that with 2010, when the average American drank 45 gallons of soft drinks and only 20 gallons of milk.

3. Diet Isn’t Really Better

You can remove sugar from the equation, but the acid is still there! In fact, many sugar-free soft drinks are more acidic than high-sugar ones.

4. Constant Sipping Creates A Constant War Zone

Every time you take a sip of a Coke, your mouth becomes an acid-attack zone. It takes your mouth up to 30 minutes to rebalance and create a safe zone for your teeth again. Until then, your teeth ARE losing protective substance, leaving them more vulnerable to cavities, and sensitivity.

5. It’s A Dessert Disguised As A Beverage

Don’t believe us? Here’s the math… One 12 oz can of Coke (the smallest serving available) has 39 grams of sugar, which is more than…

  • 3 snack packs of Chips Ahoy
  • 2 servings of frozen yogurt
  • A whole slice of apple pie WITH ice cream on top.

6. There’s Increased Risk During Braces Treatment

Soft drinks are highly corrosive, and the acid and sugar concentrated around your brackets can cause decay and decalcification—spots that you’ll see once your braces are removed.

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What Do YOU Think?

What are YOUR tips for eliminating soft drinks from your diet while you have braces? It’s a tough business, but we promise that it’s worth it! Please comment below, or on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you.

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