What can you eat with braces?

Paying attention to your diet is essential during orthodontic treatment.

 

If you are considering braces, you might be wondering what kind of impact the treatment may have on your lifestyle. Thanks to advancements in the field of orthodontics and dentistry, braces are much more discreet and comfortable than they once were. There are, however, some factors to consider and your diet is one of them — there are a few foods that should be avoided during your orthodontic treatment to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and that your braces are not damaged. Read on to find out which foods you can enjoy and which ones you should stay away from for the sake of your oral health…

What foods can you eat when your braces are first fitted?
When you first get your braces, you may experience some sensitivity as your mouth adjusts. During the first few days following your appointment, we recommend that you stick to soft foods that require minimal chewing. Some good options include mashed fruits and vegetables like potatoes and avocado; yoghurt; soup; oatmeal; soft-cooked pasta; and scrambled eggs. Once any sensitivity to your braces has subsided (usually after a week or so), you can start to reintroduce a wider range of the foods that you typically eat.

What foods should you avoid after having your braces fitted?
When your braces have just been fitted, your mouth may be prone to irritation and sensitivity, so there are a few foods that you should avoid for a while. These include spicy and citrus foods, as well as thick bread and meats. Once your teeth have adjusted to your braces, you should be able to eat these types of foods without experiencing any issues.

What foods should you avoid altogether?
It is essential to understand that braces can be damaged by foods that are incredibly hard and chewy, so it is best to avoid these altogether. Certain foods can cause damage to the wires and bands, and can even cause the brackets to separate from the teeth. To keep your braces in good condition, we recommend that you avoid hard foods like nuts, popcorn, hard candy, crackers and chips. It is also best to stay away from chewy snacks like toffee, certain bread, pizza crusts, and chewing gum.

How can you take care of your teeth?
Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying an occasional treat, we do recommend that you limit the amount of sugar you consume while you have braces. Sugar tends to form a sticky layer of plaque on the surface of the teeth, which can be difficult to remove when you have braces. When plaque remains on the teeth, the risk of tooth decay increases, for this reason, it is best to avoid sugary drinks — opt for water instead — and don’t eat too many foods that are packed with sugar.

Besides avoiding certain foods and drinks, it’s also essential that you follow good oral hygiene habits during your orthodontic treatment. This includes brushing your teeth three times a day as thoroughly as possible — try and remove all food particles from between the braces and wires, as well as between your teeth. It’s a good idea to floss at least once a day.

We also recommend that you come in for regular check-ups and cleans throughout your orthodontic treatment. This will go a long way in keeping your teeth healthy and clean while you wear braces.

If you would like to find out more about braces, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team is happy to answer any questions you might have.