Eating Right with Braces

When you get your braces, you will have to be very careful about the kinds of food you eat.

Be careful what you eat with braces

Be careful what you eat with braces

The only thing that attaches the braces to your teeth is a layer of orthodontic cement and this adhesive can easily become dislodged. In addition, certain foods could accidentally bend the wires that are being used to realign your teeth. If any of these things occur, your braces will no longer work properly until they are fixed. The end result is that you will have to wear your braces even longer than you thought in order to undo the damage caused by the out-of-aligned braces. Therefore, if you want to get your braces off as quickly as possible, you would be smart to avoid hard, sticky and sugary foods.

If your diet consists of nothing but these following foods, it may take some work to adjust. However, the benefit is that your braces will be working as effectively as possible and you will benefit from eating a healthier diet since you really shouldn’t be eating most of these foods anyway.

Hard Foods
Hard foods require lots of chewing which creates the risk of ripping a bracket right off your tooth. Some foods that would fit into this category include:

  • Hard Candies
  • Nuts
  • Most Kinds of Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Certain Raw Fruits and Vegetables like Carrots
  • Popcorn
  • Bagels
  • Ice

Sticky Foods
Perhaps the only thing worse for braces than hard foods is sticky foods. Sticky foods are particularly good at pulling off brackets and bands. Some sticky foods to avoid would include

  • Chewing Gum
  • Taffy
  • Soft Candies

Sugary Foods
Sugary foods are bad for your braces but not for the same reason as hard and sticky foods. The problem with sugary foods, other than their harmful effects on your general health, is that the sugar will damage your teeth directly by staining them or creating cavities. It is very easy for sugary foods to get lodged in the bands or between the wires, allowing the sugar to corrode your enamel. The list of sugary foods is almost endless, but some of the worst offenders include

  • Soda
  • Cakes and other Pastries
  • Ice Cream
  • Candy Bars
  • Jams, Jellies, Syrups and Salad Dressings

Proper dental hygiene is always important, but you must be particularly vigilant when you have braces. Brushing your teeth and flossing become more difficult when you have to work around all of that equipment in your mouth. You can make your job a lot easier by avoiding those foods that are mostly likely to harm your braces and your teeth.

At Harlingen Family Dentistry, we have orthodontic specialists who can answer all your questions about your braces and how you should take care of them.  They are here to help you get your teeth properly aligned as quickly as possible. Call us today at 956-622-7991.

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