So you’ve taken the leap into orthodontics and you’re getting fitted with your very own braces. This is the first step on the journey to your perfect smile! One of the most common questions that we get every day is: “What can I eat once I have braces?” With all of the new information you’re undoubtedly receiving about braces care, it can be a lot to take in. We’ve put together a simple guide of the dos-and-don’ts of eating with braces:
Hard fruits and vegetables, like apples or carrots, can be difficult to eat now. Opt for softer fruits and veggies, or ones that are cut into smaller pieces so that they don’t press so hard against your new brackets. If you are a fan of cooked vegetables, take this opportunity to stock up! Cooked vegetables are always softer, giving your teeth a break while still filling you up with a healthy meal.
It’s no surprise that we love dairy products. Dairy is rich in calcium, a mineral that promotes strong bones and teeth. Most products are soft, making them easy to eat even on days where your mouth is extra sore. If dairy disagrees with you, there are plenty of soy-based alternatives that offer the same benefits.
Whereas you can do no wrong in the dairy department, nuts and seeds are a completely different story. Foods that are both hard and small pose a unique challenge to braces wearers. The hardness can actually break brackets or shift metal wires. The smallness can sneak in between your brackets and cause discomfort and tooth decay. If you can’t imagine giving up nuts, have nut butters to satisfy your cravings. We promise it won’t be like this forever!
Most of us love a good snack, and as long as we keep it in moderation it’s not usually too harmful. Having braces, however, does make indulging a little more risky. Sticky or hard candies, potato chips, and soda pop should be avoided as much as possible during treatment. Sugars and starches generate plaque acid, promoting tooth decay and gum disease. Gummies or hard sugar foods can bend or break brackets and wires. If you do need to satisfy a craving, keep a toothbrush and floss on hand so you can thoroughly clean your braces and teeth afterwards.
Although braces can be daunting, we will be here for you every step of the way! If you think you may be a candidate for braces, give us a call and set up a consultation today. We can’t wait to get you smiling!