Choosing a slightly new approach to food can help your braces work the way they were designed to. Some foods may cause the brackets to pull away from the teeth and break. When the braces are damaged, it can delay your treatment process and may cause some discomfort. You can avoid this by being careful with the foods you choose and how you eat them. There are many ways you can maintain a healthy diet with braces.
So, How Do I Eat With Braces?
Different types of foods affect your braces in a certain way.
- Stringy foods: Foods like spaghetti could wind around your brace brackets. But cutting it up into smaller pieces can help you avoid this.
- Hard foods: Try to avoid popcorn, nuts and seeds. These can get stuck behind brace wires and brackets. You also want to avoid biting into harder foods, like apples or raw carrots, because these may break or pop off a bracket. Cutting them up into smaller pieces makes chewing easier. Softer foods are better for your braces, especially during the first few weeks of treatment.
- Sticky and gummy foods: Things like candy and chewing gum may stick to your brackets, and can be very hard to clean off, as well. It’s best to avoid these during treatment to ensure the best results.
- Chewy foods: Bagels, steak, and pizza crust can be a challenge to eat with braces. Opting for softer grains, like sliced lunch bread, tortilla shells, or biscuits, can help prevent issues during your treatment process. Tender meats like chicken, meatballs and turkey are often safer options, as well.
- Slow and Steady: Eating more slowly and cutting food up into smaller pieces can help you prevent damage to your braces.
Learning to eat with braces can be a bit more challenging, but you don’t have to eliminate all the foods you love. Making small changes to your diet now can lead to better results when your braces are removed, so you have a healthy smile you love.
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
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