The Worst Foods for Braces
September 24, 2014
While braces bring around a positive change for our teeth, one that will bring life long benefits, there are a few challenges that will come along during the process. Be aware of the foods that are healthy for braces, and those that should be avoided during your treatment. Making these simple yet important diet changes will be key in keeping your teeth healthy and avoiding the possibility of more and longer orthodontic treatment. Here are the foods that should be avoided during orthodontic treatment.
While you don’t need to completely cut sugar out of your diet, it would be smart to reduce the amount of sugar you eat during this time period. Foods that have an excessive amount of sugar will sit on the teeth, causing more problems in your mouth. With braces, it does become a bit more tricky to properly brush and floss, leaving the chance for these sugars to sit and fester. This leads to buildups in plaque, swollen gums, and more problems. If you do have a sugary treat, be sure to drink plenty of water after to wash out the damage. Be meticulous when brushing your teeth after, being sure to properly clean the braces.
Apples, Carrots, and More
It isn’t necessarily these foods that are damaging to your teeth (although apples do have a high sugar content) but the way in which you eat them that are bad for you. Those foods that require you to bite down hard with your front teeth can have an effect on your front braces, causing damage to the brackets and wires. You can still eat these foods, but first cut them into smaller bite sized pieces. The same is true with corn on the cob, cutting the pieces off before eating. This allows you to instead eat the food with your back molars, lessening the impact.
Chewy foods are some of the most damaging to braces. This includes taffy, caramel, and more. While these foods may seem harmless at first, their damage can deliver a powerful punch to your orthodontics. These sticky substances will wedge into the smallest of openings, solidifying their place in between the wires and brackets of your braces. Not only will this be uncomfortable, but the damage can be severe. With every bite you take of these foods, you will be taking a risk of pulling the bracket from the tooth. This will require an extra trip to the orthodontist that could have otherwise been avoided.
Be aware of the foods you are eating with your braces and cut out those that will be damaging. Making these few changes during the brief period of your treatment will be beneficial, allowing your teeth to remain healthy.