January 28th, 2014
Foods to Avoid with Braces
When you are wearing braces, it is inevitable that you stay away, or at least minimize consumption of certain food and drink types to keep our braces intact while still giving us sufficient daily nutrients during treatment. The primary reason for avoiding some foods is to keep from loosening or breaking the braces. A broken bracket may add to the length of treatment, so you would rather avoid that happening.
Here are few of the food types to avoid:
#1 Sticky Foods and Candies
Chewy sweets may stick to the brackets and pull it off. Apart from brackets breaking off, wires may also get damaged. Sweet foods and drinks also invite tooth decay. The sugar could stick to your teeth where bacteria could thrive and hurt your teeth. Oral hygiene while wearing braces should be given extra attention to avoid further oral conditions. Be sure to brush your teeth after eating or drinking sweets and if this is not possible, rinse off with water.
#2 Hard Foods
For obvious reason – break the brackets or bands of the braces, hard foods should be avoided. Eating hard foods like pizza crust, bagels, and nuts, among others. Wires may also get bent extending the period of wearing braces. Hard foods may also cause pain to gums while you’re chomping down on it.
Some fruits and vegetables are hard like apples and carrots. These are good for one’s health but does that mean we have to avoid them while wearing braces? Not necessarily. You can modify the size of what you put into your mouth. Cut fruits into wedges or small slices so they are manageable and will overwhelm the braces. Vegetables should be done in a similar manner – thinly sliced consequently avoiding breakage of the braces. Chew foods with the back of your teeth.
When craving for corn, make sure you remove it from the cob. Do not bite off with your front teeth as it will damage your braces. For pizzas and pretzels or bagels, you may heat it in the microwave oven to soften it. And when itching to reach for chips, break them off into small pieces before chewing them with your molars.
There may be challenges of what food to eat when one is wearing braces however bearing in mind on ways to avoid impact of the food you put in your mouth and your dental appliance, you may still be able to enjoy foods that are advised to be avoided. When signs of damage happen to your braces set up an appointment right away. If you are ever wondering, you can always give us a call with any questions or concerns at either of our Edina Orthodontics offices.
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