In Braces? What Foods to Avoid During Your Orthodontic Treatment

03-06-2018 | RJ |

In Braces? What Foods to Avoid During Your Orthodontic Treatment

Your orthodontic treatment can range from one year to even 2 or 3 years. This is quite a long time to wear your braces, but the results are worth it.

The main issue most orthodontic patients have is how to tweak their meals so that food doesn’t break the wires or gets the orthodontic brackets loose.

In our orthodontic forum, most members ask what foods are the most harmful for their braces, so we’ll try to mention at least some of them.

What foods to avoid during your orthodontic treatment

Chewing gum

It’s not quite a food on its own, since it lacks any nutritious qualities, but a lot of Americans love their chewing gum. Whether you are wearing Invisalign aligners or with traditional metal braces, chewing gum will get tangled in between the orthodontic appliances and ruin your treatment.

Ice

Do you like to cool down with it? Don’t.

Do not chew ice under any form, since it will crack the special dental cement that bonds your brackets to the teeth. It’s enemy no.1 when it comes to your braces, so avoid it.

Hard pizza crust edge or bread

You shouldn’t forgo a good bit of pizza or a delicious loaf of bread. But be careful with the hard crusts. One bite into this delicious, otherwise, part, and you can say good buy to your brackets.

Hard pretzels or bagels

The same as with the pizza crust. They can bend the wire and knock off the orthodontic brackets. If it makes a snap sound when bitten, try to avoid it.

Raw carrots and apples

Or any other veggie / fruit that’s harder to bite. It’s great that you want to keep up with your healthy diet, but a bite into these can make your brackets loose.

If you do want to stay on top of your nutrition, you can blend these into smoothies or puree them. It allows you to still eat a healthy meal and keep your braces on.

Popcorn

You can’t blend it, so that it’s not as dangerous anymore, so avoid it altogether. The shells can get between your teeth and the orthodontic wire and brackets. Your orthodontic appliance will get broken and you can also develop an infection, if the stuff gets under your gums and you can’t remove it with brushing / flossing.

The same goes for nuts, almonds and anything similar.

Hard candy

Avoid sweets as much as you can, during your orthodontic treatment. Your teeth are already sensitive because of the braces, your dental hygiene is also affected by all that hardware, so cavities can form easily.

Instead of having to repair your teeth during treatment (and pay more money for this), try to stay away.

Hard candy can also break your brackets cement and make them loose.

Hard meat

If it’s still on the bone, debone first, cut into small pieces and eat. Avoid gummy textures and hard meat.
Even if you look like a baby chewing the small bits, you’d keep your braces safe.

Pens and pencils

You don’t eat them (hopefully), but you might chew on them when nervous. Try to curb your habit, since one bite is enough to knock your braces off.

Eating any of these foods can bend the wires and get your brackets loose, which can extend your orthodontic treatment even for weeks.

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