Can You Drink Coffee With Braces? Yes, You Can!

Some people say you should never drink coffee while you are wearing braces. However, there is actually nothing wrong with having a cup of coffee while you are wearing braces. 

How do braces work? 

Well, when you have metal brackets attached to your teeth and then a wire runs from each bracket to an arch wire held in your mouth by a rubber band, it exerts a gentle tug on the teeth. This helps move the teeth into the correct position for proper alignment and also helps keep them from shifting back to their original position. 

Your first days with braces on 

The first day or two after you get your braces put on is the roughest. You will probably experience some discomfort. That’s normal. But, if your discomfort is more than just “normal” discomfort, tell your orthodontist. He will want to know about it right away so he can check to see if the brackets are too close to your nerve endings. If they are too close to your nerve endings, you could very easily have some discomfort which is not “normal” discomfort. If this is the case, your orthodontist will probably move the bracket position. This will probably cause you even more discomfort. Don’t worry. It will all be worth it in the end.

What Should I Consider When Drinking Coffee With Braces?

There is nothing wrong with having a cup of coffee while you wear braces. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when you do decide to drink coffee while you are wearing braces. Coffee tends to stick to metal. So if you are wearing stainless steel or other types of metal brackets, try to avoid drinking coffee until just before you brush and eat breakfast. That way, any coffee that does get on your teeth will be easy to brush off. Also, try to avoid having anything containing sugar in your mouth right after you have your coffee. Sugar helps the tooth enamel to become sticky. This will make it much more difficult to remove the coffee stains.

The Hazards of Drinking Coffee While Wearing Braces

There is one big danger with drinking coffee while you are wearing braces. It is called “decalcification”. What this means is your enamel will begin to soften because you are constantly ingesting tiny amounts of calcium from your coffee. This will make it much more likely for your orthodontist to have to periodically “re-bracket” (move the position of the brackets on your teeth) because your teeth will be shifting back to their original position. This is very undesirable. So try to avoid drinking a lot of coffee or any other type of acid containing substance while you are wearing braces. 

Is coffee or tea worse for your teeth With Braces?

Both coffee and tea contain acids. But, the acid in coffee is much stronger than the acid in tea. That means, if anything, coffee is worse for your teeth when you are wearing braces. So what should you drink instead of coffee? Well, that really depends on how important it is for you to continue to enjoy your morning cup of joe. If it’s important to you, then keep drinking it. However, if it’s not important to you… well… try switching to tea. Tea is considered an “alkalizing” beverage. This means it has a balancing effect on your body. Studies have shown drinking three cups of tea per day can helps clean out the toxins from your colon and liver. In addition, it has been proven to increase your “mental alertness” and improve your sleep patterns. All of this adds up to the fact tea is probably the best alternative to coffee when you are wearing braces. It will help strengthen your teeth, it will help clean out your colon and it will keep you mentally sharp. So give tea a try. Give up coffee. Or at least cut down on how much of it you drink.

How to Prevent Stains When Drinking Coffee with Braces

One of the problems with wearing braces is, you will often get temporary discoloration or stains on your teeth. This is caused by the acids in coffee and tea reacting with the enamel on your teeth. To prevent this from happening, just use some of this tips:

Step up your oral hygiene game

Flossing and brushing your teeth after every meal is not enough. You need to do this several times per day. Try doing it for a total of two hours per day. That way you will remove the food particles that are trapped between your teeth and where the stains will form. Use an enamel protectant. These are easy to use and they work like magic. Just brush and swish as directed. And because enamel protectants contain fluoride, they actually strengthen your tooth enamel. Try switching to decaf coffee. This will at least cut down on the acidity of your coffee. It may even have a slightly “alkalizing” effect on your body. Use a straw. This will keep your teeth from being directly exposed to the acids in your drink.
Use a straw. This will keep the acids from getting to your tooth enamel. Just make sure the straw isn’t made of plastic because this will react with the acid in your coffee and give you a nasty plastic taste in your mouth. (A straw made out of rubber or metal will be fine.)

Limit the Coffee Intake

This is probably the most important tip of all. If you truly want to have a brilliant white smile, you need to limit the amount of coffee you drink. It’s not the caffeine that is bad for you, it is the acid formed when you metabolize the caffeine that is. This acid can attack the enamel on your teeth. The good news is, once you stop drinking coffee, this acid will disappear from your body. And your tooth enamel will return to its original healthy state. This will take about two weeks. But during that time, you should use an enamel protectant. This will prevent the acids from attacking your tooth enamel and leaving a discolored mark.

Dilute the Coffee

If you are going to enjoy a cup of coffee every day, you need to do a little “diluting” of the coffee. This means using milk, sweetening the coffee with stevia or other natural sweeteners or adding a few drops of honey. This will neutralize some of the acid in your coffee and prevent damage to your tooth enamel. And don’t forget to use an enamel protector! Enamel protectants are easy to use. Just brush and swish as directed. 

Rinse Your Mouth After Every Cup 

Another important thing you can do to protect your smile is to rinse your mouth after you drink each cup of coffee. This will remove any acids that have formed on your teeth.  If you don’t do this, the acids can remain in your mouth and begin to eat away at the enamel on your teeth. This can lead to painful tooth sensitivity and eventually, cavities and tooth decay. Tooth sensitivity is caused when the enamel on your teeth begins to erode. The acids from your coffee or other acidic foods erode the enamel on your tooth. Over time, this can lead to your tooth feeling extremely sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. 

The most frequently asked questions

Does coffee stain teeth permanently?

Finally, the answer is NO! It’s not the caffeine that is bad for your teeth. It’s the acid formed when you metabolize the caffeine that is. Once you stop drinking coffee, the acid will disappear from your body and your tooth enamel will return to its original healthy state. This will take about two weeks. But during that time, you should use an enamel protector. This will prevent the acids from attacking your tooth enamel and leaving a discolored mark.What is enamel protectant? Enamel protectant is a product you brush or swish after every cup of coffee or other acidic foods you eat or drink. It will neutralize some of the acid in your coffee or other acidic foods and prevent damage to your tooth enamel.Enamel protectant will help slow down the process of tooth decay.

What can I drink with braces?

To what many people think, you do not have to avoid drinking anything when you have braces. In fact, you should drink more than ever before. This is because when you have braces, your mouth is always flooded with toxins. These toxins are formed when food and drink pass through your digestive system. By constantly flushing your system with lots of water, you will eliminate a lot of the toxins. This will leave your body much less stressed and it will function better. Therefore, you should not only brush and floss your teeth after every meal and snack, but also, you should drink lots of water. What should you drink? Any kind of plain, unflavored water is fine. You should drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day. But don’t drink too much soft drinks. In contrast to coffee, soft drinks contain very little caffeine but lots of sugar. This causes a rapid rise in acid levels in your body. Over time, this can lead to serious health problems including diabetes, obesity, and tooth decay.  

Can you drink coffee with clear braces?

Yes, but only if your orthodontist says it’s OK. Some orthodontists do not want you to drink coffee because it weakens the wires and brackets. But, in most cases, it is safe to drink coffee with braces. Just make sure your orthodontist tells you it is OK and ask him or her for some advice on how much coffee to drink. Some people suggest only having one cup of coffee per day while others say you can have three or more cups per day. What should you do? That is up to you and your orthodontist. Just be sure to ask him what he thinks is best for you. That way, if you do experience any problems, you will be able to quickly correct them.

Can I have hot drinks with braces?

The answer is yes, you can have hot drinks with braces. But only if your orthodontist says it’s OK. Just like with coffee, some orthodontists do not want you to drink hot drinks because it can loosen your wires and brackets. But, in most cases, it is safe to have hot drinks with braces. Just make sure your orthodontist tells you it is OK and asks him or her for advice on how much hot drinks to drink. 

Does adding milk to coffee reduce staining?

In this case, the answer is yes, it does. That is because the calcium in milk binds to the tannin (a type of stain) found in coffee. Therefore, having milk with your coffee will reduce the amount of tannin that remains on your teeth after brushing. This, in turn, will give you a whiter smile. 

Should you brush teeth before or after coffee?

In contrast to the previous question, the answer to this one is simple. You should always brush your teeth right after you eat or drink anything. Why? Because food and drink remain in your mouth for a very long time and it is during this time that plaque and other debris is most likely to collect on your teeth. This will reduce the amount of stain you get on your tooth enamel. Also, studies show that people who brush their teeth right after they eat something stain-forming have a 40% reduction in staining as compared to people who brush their teeth 30 minutes after they eat. This is because the food that remains in your mouth helps the stain to set into your teeth. If you wait more than 30 minutes, the stain will be too firmly set to remove. Brushing after every meal will remove this material and, therefore, keep your teeth clean and healthy. 

Can You Drink Iced Coffee With Braces?

Yes, but of the high levels of acid in iced coffee,  that you drink this type of coffee while you are wearing braces. However, many orthodontists say you can drink it after you are done with your braces. This is because the acidity of the coffee will “neutralize” any residual acid that may still be in your mouth. Therefore, this will not harm your enamel. Just make sure you only drink it after your orthodontist says it is OK. Some orthodontists will not want you to drink iced coffee at all because the acidity of the coffee can remove minerals from your enamel which can make your enamel weaker. This, in turn, makes it more likely for your wires and brackets to come loose.

Is Iced Coffee Better than Hot One? 

No, it is not. Both hot and iced are equally bad for your teeth. The only difference is that iced coffee has a higher acidity level than hot coffee. Therefore, it is worse for your teeth. 

Conclusion: Can You Drink Coffee with Braces?

In this case, the answer is yes. Not only that, if you must drink coffee at all, it should be ground or crushed up coffee. Anything else is asking for trouble.  Does Drinking Coffee Increase Your Chances of Getting Dental Problems? Yes. It increases your chances of developing tooth decay by about 50%! This is because when you drink coffee, you increase the amount of acid in your mouth. An acid attack on your teeth is what causes them to become decayed. This is why it is so important to brush and floss after you have eaten any type of staining food. The more often you do it, the sooner your enamel will be restored and the less likely you will be to develop tooth decay.  Also, keep in mind that many people who get cavities in their adult life did not develop them until years after they started drinking coffee. This is because the acid in coffee removes minerals from your teeth which makes them more porous and therefore more susceptible to decay. Therefore, if you are over 40 years old and you have been drinking coffee for a long time, you may want to give up the habit. Or at least cut back considerably. It’s up to you.

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