When wearing braces, there are plenty of foods that you shouldn’t eat. These foods can cause damage to the wires which then damage your teeth. You will want to avoid these foods and eliminate them completely from your diet. The more you follow this rule the better your results will be. If you are unsure about some foods, it is better to not eat them until you are sure. Always call your orthodontist’s office and ask them whether or not you can eat a specific type of food. Better yet, a simple search on Google will show you the exact information you’re looking for.
You’ll want to stay away from chewy and sticky foods. These foods will cause the archwire to bend and twist. This will lead to the wire pulling and pushing your teeth in the wrong direction. Results won’t come easily if the wire is in this state. You should also avoid hard and crunchy foods. When foods are too hard or crunchy they can break a bracket. The bracket will pop off and can easily be placed back on. The problem lies with the entire system failing to work to shift your braces because one bracket is an integral part of it. You will be wasting 6-8 weeks until your next appointment if you have popped a bracket off. If you don’t avoid any of these types of foods, your in it for the long haul when it comes to your braces. Results will be slow and the only person to suffer will be you.
- Caramel filled chocolate bars
- Sticky and chunky peanut butter
- Hard to chew candy
- Hard nuts (haha)
- Extremely chewy candy such as gummy bears
- Popcorn and Gum
- Ice cubes (These can break your braces)
- Harder breads such as bagels, chew them slowly
- Chips – don’t stuff too many at once
- Hard fruits such as apples and pears
- Avoid sodas and such drinks. They have too much sugar that leads to plaque and cavities
Avoid avoid avoid chewing plastic at all costs. Pencils, pens, water bottles, and anything else not edible do not chew on. Despite being sturdy, your orthodontic system can be very prone to damage. Wires will bend, brackets pop off, and other things can happen. That’s why it’s very important for you to care for your orthodontic appliances. If when you’re eating something, and you feel you’re having difficulty eating it while wearing your braces, try to avoid it if possible. Slowly work your way into eating some of the foods you find yourself having difficulty with. Rushing a process can only harm and damage your progress, and if anything after a few months, all you’ll want is to take your braces off.
During your treatment, your front teeth will be very mobile. This means they aren’t cemented in just one place and are moving. Because of this, they do not have the power to cut and break up foods like they did before braces. For this reason, you should cut some foods with a knife and then chew them with your back teeth. Apply this to: Vegetables, hard fruits, and meats.