It's no secret that people visit a New York orthodontist because they are interested in improving their smile. However, many individuals don't know that everyday habits can actually lessen the positive effects of treatment. If you have braces, of course you know that you shouldn't chew gum or smoke, but other tendencies you may have, like drinking soda, can also cause damage to your teeth and brackets. 

Oral care professionals will also tell you that you should avoid:

1) Munching on ice

Ice and other hard foods or objects you put in your mouth can chip a tooth or loosen a bracket. "Chewing on ice, pens, pencils and bobby pins can cause wear and tear on the tooth and enamel surfaces covering the tooth. If your teeth are worn or chipped already, the ice can crack and damage the tooth structure," Robert Sorin, a clinical instructor in the department of dentistry and oral surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told WebMD. 

2) Drinking too much alcohol

If you have adult braces, you may be surprised to know that enjoying too many glasses of wine or beer can erode the enamel on your teeth. It can also cause bad breath by drying out your mouth. If it's a special occasion and you are going to be consuming alcohol, make sure to wash out your mouth with water in between every drink.

3) Taking certain medicines

You probably weren't aware of the fact that common over-the-counter drugs like antihistamines can cause dry mouth. It may sound like its nothing to worry about, but this condition increases your risk for cavities. Always carry a bottle of water around with you so you can keep your oral cavity moist. 

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