Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid with Braces

Teenage girl with the braces on her teeth is having a treatment at dentist
Eating Foods with Braces – Pick Your Diet Carefully

Eat the right things now for a more healthy smile later

The irony of braces is that they help and hurt your teeth at the same time. They help because they correct serious alignment issues. But they also hurt because they make it a little harder to practice your oral health routine. Brushing and flossing are more difficult, and you need to be more conscious of what you eat and drink. To helps you do what’s best for your teeth, we have created a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid with braces on.

Do Eat

When looking for things to eat, avoid anything that could stick to your braces or get stuck behind the wires. Generally, the softer the texture the better.

  • Soft Fruits – Grapefruits, nectarines, kiwi, and tangerines
  • Vegetables – Steam them so that they come out soft
  • Dairy Products – Yogurt and cheese are good alternatives to tough meat
  • Soft Meats – Tender chicken, turkey, meat loaf, lunch meat, seafood
  • Deserts – Pudding, applesauce, smoothies, ice cream
  • Soft Grains – Cooked pasta, cooked rice
  • Soft Breads – Tortillas, biscuits, muffins, pancakes
  • Eggs – Another good alternative to tough meats, especially breakfast foods like bacon

Don’t Eat

It only takes one bad bite to damage your braces and compromise your orthodontic treatment. As much as possible, avoid the foods listed below. And when you do eat them, do so with caution.

  • Hard Foods – This includes everything from hard breads like pizza crust, to nuts, to vegetables like raw carrots. Since they require so much force to bite through, they can damage your wires and brackets
  • Tough Meats – Snacks like beef jerky can loosen the wires and brackets of your braces.
  • Sticky Foods – Generally you should just avoid candy, especially candy that is especially chewy, crunchy, or sugary. Gum is included.
  • Inedibles – Many people unconsciously chew on pens or bite their fingernails, both of which can damage braces.
  • Ice – This is probably the most common culprit when it comes to damaged braces.

Protect and Preserve Your Smile with The Happy Tooth

As we mentioned earlier, part of protecting your teeth involves eating right. The other part involves caring for your teeth correctly. It takes a little more time and effort to brush and floss effectively with braces on, but it’s still essential to clean your teeth regularly. If you are considering getting braces or already have them on, find the orthodontic expertise you need to get more from the treatment by working with The Happy Tooth. Look up the North Carolina location nearest you.
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