In recent years braces have become more comfortable and studier, but there are still foods you shouldn't eat while you have braces. Here, our Coquitlam orthodontist shares which foods you should avoid, and which foods to enjoy, while you have braces.
While you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces, it’s important to understand which foods could increase your risk for cavities or damage your braces.
Foods to Avoid
While you're straightening your teeth with metal braces you will need to avoid eating any foods that are sticky, hard or chewy.
Foods that fall into these categories can easily damage your braces and slow your treatment.
Examples of sticky, hard or chewy foods to avoid during treatment include: jelly beans, bagels, corn chips, nuts, hard candy and pop corn.
It's also a good idea to avoid sugary, starchy foods to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque.
Food to Enjoy
Soft foods tend to be gentler on braces and less likely to cause damage.
Here are just a few of the foods you can enjoy while undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces: soft cooked vegetables, cheeses, pasta, yogurt, soft fruits (bananas, grapes, etc.), and mashed potatoes.
Food to Eat Cautiously
If you have braces, it's important to avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth. You may be able to enjoy the following foods if you take the time to cut them into small pieces: corn on the cob (removed from the cob), raw vegetables, hard bread, and fresh fruits such as apples.
Why should I follow these guidelines for eating with braces?
Damaging your braces' wires or brackets could slow down your orthodontic treatment.
Being careful about what you eat can help you keep your smile healthy and your orthodontic treatment on-track.