Knowing what foods you can and cannot eat with your braces can impact the quality of your life and the desired treatment outcome. Preventing damage to the brackets, bending of the arch wires as well as keeping your teeth free from tooth decay will help you achieve the optimum results from your orthodontic treatment.
The first few weeks into dental braces can be quite challenging as you simply cannot eat some of the normal foods you enjoy. It is recommended to start out with soft, semi-solid foods as such if your teeth and gums are sore. However, it is just a matter of time until you get adjusted to your braces and can choose from a variety of foods.
Do you know what foods to avoid while wearing braces?
Foods to avoid:
Use caution when eating:
Any food that requires the need to bite hard into can be responsible for breakage of brackets. You can get around this by cutting the hard foods into smaller pieces thus making them easier to bite and chew.
You may also need to alter your chewing style to avoid snapping a bracket on hard or chewy items. Avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth and instead chew all foods with your back teeth.
If eating becomes too uncomfortable because of mouth sores or poking brackets, apply dental wax on the concerned brackets.
Plaque forms easily when food is retained in and around braces. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene through brushing and flossing thoroughly to prevent tooth decalcification and decay. It is also advisable to use a fluoride mouthwash, which has easy access into areas that a toothbrush or floss cannot reach.
Ensuring that your diet remains healthy during your orthodontic treatment is just as important as your overall treatment’s outcome.
However, eating with braces does not have to be boring. If you are not able to connect with your ‘inner chef’, try surfing the net for some ‘brace- friendly’ recipes to restore the excitement back to your taste buds.