Ice cream is often a comfort food for people with braces. Some even consider eating ice cream to stop the pain momentarily. After all, who doesn’t love the taste of a cold, creamy dessert? How about the ice cream cone, can I eat it with braces?
Can I eat an ice cream cone with braces?
The safe answer is no. You must generally avoid waffle cones since biting into the cookie-like structure can break brackets or bend wires. When cone particles get stuck between your braces as a result of the hard exterior of the cone, it can lead to further dental problems.
Another reason to avoid ice cream cones is that they are sticky. This nature of the cone can cause your braces to loosen and come off. It can also be tough to remove and can cause cavities.
How can you enjoy the ice cream then?
If you have a sweet tooth and cannot resist eating an ice cream cone, you can always go for soft-served in a cup. You can also make your ice cream cone at home using a soft cookie or cake.
Otherwise, keep away from the cone just as long as you have your braces. In the end, eating an ice cream cone is not worth jeopardizing your expensive braces treatment. It’s best to eat ice cream in moderation and always in its softer form to avoid damage.
If in case you were tempted to indulge in your favorite ice cream cone while wearing braces, it’s necessary to exercise caution and clean your teeth and braces right away to prevent complications.
How to clean your teeth with braces?
Follow these tips to make sure your braces-wearing teeth are thoroughly clean:
- Start with an alcohol-free mouthwash. Swish it around your teeth and gums for 30 seconds before spitting it out. Mouthwash could initially eliminate cone particles and plaque build-up in hard-to-reach areas.
- Follow with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Gently brush your teeth in a circular pattern from the gum line to the biting surfaces of your teeth. Be extra careful not to brush too hard as it can damage your gums, brackets, and wires.
- Floss after brushing your teeth. You can use regular floss or an orthodontic floss threader to get between your teeth and gums. Use an interdental brush if you have trouble flossing.
- Rinse your mouth with fluoride mouthwash once more. You can never be too sure if the cone residue is completely removed.
If all else fails and you feel like there’s something left between your teeth, it’s time to see your orthodontist. They can very well determine whatever it is that’s causing you discomfort and can give you the appropriate treatment.
In conclusion, it’s best to avoid eating ice cream cones with braces to prevent loosening brackets or wire breakage. If you do decide to eat one, make sure to clean your teeth and braces as thoroughly as possible. And as always, consult with your orthodontist if you have any concerns.