What to Eat and Avoid When You Have Braces

Apr 01, 2020

Braces and other orthodontic treatment will have a lot of changes. Not only will your teeth feel and look different, but you also will have challenges when eating. However, as the treatment progresses, you will get used to the braces, and eating will feel normal again. Most people can resume eating most foods within a few months. But, take note, there are a few foods that you will avoid throughout your orthodontic treatment, and here is a list of some of them:

1. Fruits

Fruits are essential not only for your immunity but health in general. However, not all fruits are ideal for braces, so avoid hard fruits such as apples as they are difficult to bite into them.

You take the soft fruits like blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Take note; fruits are not a good idea when your braces are changed or adjusted as the teeth are tender.

2. Grains

Grains are suitable as they are filled with fiber, iron, and other vital nutrients. Grains are ideally great for braces but avoid hard bread, bagels, small seeds, and whole grains that can stick to the brackets.

3. Vegetables

Eat vegetables in plenty, especially soft ones that are easy to chew. Avoid cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots because they are hard to bite in to and may even pop the braces.

4. Dairy

Dairy is an excellent choice because they require little or no chewing at all. Choose low-fat milk, cheese, or yogurt. Soy-based products are suitable for lactose-intolerance people.

5. Meat Products

Meat, in general, is fibrous and may be problematic as they may get stuck in the braces. Plus, it is hard to chew the meat, and this can cause the bands to loosen.

Fish, lean pork or beef, and boneless chicken are great options.

6. Foods to Avoid

Avoid these foods immediately after the braces are fixed. You can speak to the dentist to find out the foods you can re-introduce.

  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candy
  • Cookies and crackers
  • Ice
  • Gum
  • Sticky chocolate

What Can Happen If the Braces Loosen?

Eating hard and chewy foods can cause the wire brackets to loosen. Once the brackets weaken, contact our dentist immediately for assessment. Don’t try to cut the wires as you may accidentally swallow the pieces. Instead, slowly reposition the wires back, and if that’s not ideal, use a cotton ball in the ends to prevent injuring mouth.

How to Maintain the Health and Durability of Braces?

Braces, especially metal braces, can trap food in between the wires. Therefore, maintain proper oral hygiene to prevent the accumulation of food particles and keep decay at bay. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid bruising your gums and floss daily.

It is crucial to visit the orthodontist for assessment and brace adjustment. Furthermore, maintain your regular dental checkups and cleanings for the elimination of tartar. You will also get fluoride treatments that strengthen the enamel and prevent decay.

When playing high-impact sports, make sure you wear mouthguards to protect the teeth from breaking.

Don’t forget to learn proper chewing techniques. For instance, use your back teeth instead of the front ones as they are hard and more robust.

How Long Do You Need Braces?

The length of the orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the malocclusion and the type of brace you choose. For traditional braces, the treatment process may last for two years.

What to Expect After the Braces Are Fixed?

You will experience gum soreness immediately after the braces fixed and every time Dr. Jeremy. W. Parker adjusts them, but the discomfort will wear after a few days.

Your speech and eating habits will also be affected in the first few days.

Take Away!

Braces will improve your teeth alignment and appearance. However, the success of the orthodontic treatment will depend on how well you take care of your teeth and the foods you eat. Visit us at Back Bay Family Dentistry for your orthodontic treatment and instructions on how to maintain their durability.