The nature of oral braces is to serve as a ‘brace’ pulling your teeth together in a proper formation. However, the construction of braces prohibits certain food from being eaten, as food particles may get lodged into them. If this happens, it can be quite hard to remove the food and may require a dentist visit to remedy. Other food, especially chewy or crunchy foods, may damage the braces themselves, either by dislodging them or breaking down their components. This would result in another dentist visit and a potential lengthening of time that you have to wear your orthodontics.
There are only several categories of foods to avoid while your braces are aligning your teeth. Crunchy foods such as chips, popcorn, even ice, can cause damage to the braces. Chewy foods, such as jerky, dense breads, and tough meats will put additional strain on your braces. Sugary snacks and candies are to be avoided all-together as they typically fall in one of the categories of foods to avoid. Likewise, their artificial sugars can wear down the braces. This is in addition to the wear and tear they place on your teeth! Acidic foods and drinks such as overly citrus-y fruits and sodas are to be avoided as well. Foods that require biting into, much like chewy foods, will typically wear down the effectiveness of the braces and may cause breakage.
It should be pretty straightforward to assess your dietary decisions while wearing braces. You should ask yourself, “Will this food put extra strain on my braces?” If so, then you should either avoid that food or contact us so we can let you know whether or not that food is to be avoided.
Foods that you can eat are plentiful. Soft breads, fruits, tender meats, fish, vegetables, and fruit drinks (so as long as they aren’t overly acidic and don’t require crunching ice) should be okay when you’re wearing braces. Soups are often a great choice. For a comprehensive list of foods safe for your braces, feel free to contact us and we’ll let you know what we think are ideal food groups to enjoy!
As you wear your braces, you’ll realize what foods can do to your teeth over time. Most foods in the ‘foods to avoid while wearing braces’ category place strain on teeth. Our patients often tell us that they’ve gained a realization why eating healthy is important; not only are healthy foods good for your body, they are good for your teeth. There are some instances where healthy foods cannot be eaten while wearing braces. Examples include nuts, apples, corn on the cob, pears, and chicken on the bone, among others.