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A 47-year-old member asked:

parents won't let me drink soda with braces, what to do?

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Dr. Deborah Sappington
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Love It!: Cute question from a 47 year old. Anyway, it is a good idea not to overdo any sugary drinks or foods while in braces. Bacteria in plaque which loves to hang around wires and brackets will use the sugars to attack your tooth enamel with resulting white spots or decay. Please do listen to your parents!
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
What to do?: Thank them for good advice and then follow your Orthodontist's instructions. You should eliminate or at least limit soda consumption with OR without braces. There are much healthier substitutes.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Not recommended: Drinks that may cause dental decay should be restricted while having braces on. This includes drinks high in sugar and acid. My advise is to cut down on soft drinks for the better health of both the teeth and the body. Take care.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What do you advise if i want braces really bad but my parents won't do anything?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Reason?: Ask your parents why. Perhaps your parents have financial concerns. Perhaps your dentist has advised against treatment. Talk to them. Ask your dentist to talk to them if treatment is required. Perhaps they feel you may have a compliance problem. Try to approach this maturely, not emotionally.

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