Braces are intended to push teeth into desired positions. But in order to get that beautiful smile, you have to go a little further by brushing and flossing regularly, and watching what you eat. Some types of foods can cause potential damage to your braces and others can make your teeth susceptible to decay.
At Unterseher Orthodontics, we can explain to you the limitations on diet that having braces will impose. Below is a general overview of these limitations, but please contact us if you have any specific questions.
Avoid Hard Foods
- Chips and popcorn
- Pizza crust
- Seeds and nuts
- Breads with hard crust like bagels and French bread
- Hard fruits like apples
- Hard uncooked vegetables like carrots
- Hard taco shells
- Hard candy like Jolly Ranchers
Some hard foods can still be eaten with proper precautions. Be sure to cut these foods into smaller pieces and try not to bite into it with your front teeth:
- Boiled vegetables
- Thin crust pizza
Avoid Sticky Foods
Sticky foods are very difficult to clean out of braces, so it is generally advised to avoid these types of foods as well. However, if you absolutely have to eat sticky foods, be sure to carefully remove any debris and chunks out of your braces and teeth.
- Gum (sugar-free or regular)
- Sugar Daddies
- Tootsie Rolls
When you have braces on, your teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay. Try to minimize the intake of sugary foods and brush your teeth immediately when you do eat it.
- Ice Cream
Many soft drinks should also be limited to one a day as these generally contain a lot of sugar and are very acidic. If you do drink one, we suggest drinking with a straw to minimize contact with your teeth and braces. It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth out with water or to brush your teeth immediately after drinking.
- Sweetened tea
- Drinks with sugar
Foods You Can Eat
That seems like a lot of restrictions! Fortunately, there are many types of foods that you can eat without worrying about damage to your braces. However, you should still brush and floss regularly to prevent cavities. Some of these foods include:
- Meats that aren’t tough or fried like lunch meats and chicken
- Soft fruits like oranges and bananas
- Steamed or boiled vegetables
- Seafood like tuna
- Dairy like cheese, yogurt, ice cream
- Soft-cooked grains like rice and noodles
Call Your Denver Orthodontist
It’s important to follow these rules to ensure that the braces stay intact and your teeth remain healthy. If these rules are ignored, it may result in cavities or even the braces having to stay on longer. Be sure to regularly check your braces for damage or wear. If you notice any issues like loose wires or brackets, call our office immediately to schedule an appointment. If you have any additional questions about the foods you can eat, please feel free to contact our office.