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Your Top-Rated Orthodontist in
Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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Braces are great for wearers because they can help prevent gum disease and cavities by improving the spacing of teeth for easier and more effective flossing and brushing, which can remove the causes of dental problems. They help with better food chewing and digestion, prevent injury by correcting misaligned teeth, help improve self-esteem and even help with speech improvement. All are great reasons to have braces. However, braces require some extra care and prevention in order to get these benefits. And unfortunately, sugar is definitely on the “watch list.”

Why Sugar is the Enemy of Braces

It is true. Sugar is the enemy of braces. But it is really what happens after you consume sugar that causes the damage.  Sugar blends in with the saliva in your mouth and forms a sticky film that coats all the surfaces, nooks and crannies of your mouth, including your tongue and cheeks. That sticky film also clings to all the surfaces of your braces. Bacteria that live in your mouth feed on sugar and create acids that harm your teeth causing cavities and building up tartar leading to gum disease. Unfortunately, sugar doesn’t simply go away without a lot of effort.

What to Avoid Eating While Wearing Braces

Sugar is commonly found in candy, many drinks, and sweets in general.  In addition, sugar is found in starchy and processed foods. These all have high concentrations of sugar, so avoid (or minimize) them:

  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Energy drinks and sports drinks
  • Fruit juices
  • Candy—especially sticky candy
  • Cakes and pies
  • Ice cream

And, check ingredient labels to find surprising amounts of sugar:

  • Other words for sugar include glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses, and corn syrup.
  • Watch out for processed foods including cereal and protein bars.
  • Examine the ingredients carefully if the label says, “fat free.”

How to Prevent Cavities While Wearing Braces

  • Drink lots of water, especially after eating foods with higher amounts of sugar.
  • Take extra care when eating “harder” foods (like bone-in meats) and foods that may stick to braces. Instead, choose soft fruits, vegetables, dairy products, soft meats, soft breads, and eggs.
  • Floss frequently to extract food particles and any sugary film.
  • Bush for two minutes after each meal using a 45-degree angle to effectively remove particles.

Don’t Do These Things While Wearing Braces

You can improve the effectiveness and success of your orthodontist’s treatment with braces by not doing these things:

  • Chewing on ice
  • Chewing gum (really a “braces destroyer”)
  • Use your teeth as “tools”
  • Grinding your teeth

Remember the old proverb, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Choose an Expert Orthodontist You Can Rely On

When you want to choose braces, contact Reese Orthodontics, The Smile People, based in Charleston, SC. Over 11,000 people have trusted Reese Orthodontics to transform their smiles and their lives. You’ll get great treatment, care, and advice for your new braces. Great options. Great service. Great results.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).