Nutrition and Braces
The purpose of the topic is to educate patients on how their diets effect the movement of their teeth. When the doctor places braces on the teeth, the gentle pressures stimulate biochemical changes in the bones which anchor the roots of the teeth.
Many of the nutrients and food components we consume as part of a Westernized diet can potentially have a positive or negative impact on bone health. Diets rich in calcium, Vitamin D, magnesium, and potassium improve bone health. The best source of Vitamin D is to maintain adequate time outdoors in the sunlight for the sun stimulates your body to produce its own Vitamin D.
Maintaining a balanced healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting proper rest, keeps your body in good health and will also aid your body's response to orthodontic treatment possibly even reducing the amount of pain experienced during the tooth movement.