What can’t you eat with braces? With braces, food choices are limited, but not as much as you might think! It’s true that when you have braces on your teeth, you have to be more careful about what kinds of foods you eat. Your dentist and orthodontist will probably give you some specific instructions to follow. If they don’t, this blog post will give you an idea of what kinds of foods to avoid with braces and which foods you can enjoy eating with braces on your teeth . . .
Why Are Dietary Changes Needed With Braces?
There are a number of reasons why you may need to alter your diet while wearing braces. One of them is simple: brace wires don’t play well with many foods. If you bite into a delicious piece of steak and feel one or more wires cutting into your gums, it’s time to lay off red meat for a bit—at least until you can see your orthodontist for an adjustment. There are other reasons to eat right when you have braces. The metal wires that run between brackets on your teeth serve several purposes: they help reposition your teeth so they align properly; they act as retention devices if any get loose; and, yes, in some cases, they help correct spacing issues between teeth.
To Protect Braces From Damage
Try to chew slowly and carefully. Avoid crunchy or hard foods (think apples, carrots, corn on the cob) as they can easily damage your braces. Instead, stick to soft foods like peanut butter sandwiches and soups. Be sure not to bite down too hard when you are eating any kind of food that could scratch or chip your braces. To avoid sticking your tongue under a bracket, hold food in place with your teeth until you can move it into your mouth with ease. When possible try eating more in smaller amounts more frequently instead of larger meals less often which will give you more frequent opportunities to brush off any food particles that might be stuck on or between your teeth.
To Avoid Discomfort After Adjustments To Braces
A common problem with new braces is adjusting to all of your new brace-induced dietary restrictions, especially if you like to eat foods that have been off limits for most of your life. You may be surprised by how little you can actually eat with braces. But it’s not all about what you can’t eat—it’s also about what you should avoid eating. For example, a diet high in salt will eventually damage teeth and make braces more uncomfortable. If possible, try to follow these guidelines
To Reduce The Risk Of Stained Teeth
The best way to minimize tooth staining is to: (1) use a whitening toothpaste once or twice a week, (2) avoid dark-colored and very sweet foods, (3) drink through a straw when consuming any of these kinds of foods and beverages, and (4) remove your braces every night before going to bed. If you decide that oral hygiene isn’t enough, there are several ways to restore teeth back to their original shade. Invisalign has a procedure called bleach trays that use chlorine dioxide gas to bring teeth back to their natural color. Teeth can also be bleached at home using DIY kits sold over-the-counter in most drugstores, although these products are not FDA approved.
To Change Chewing Technique
Chewing foods with braces can be difficult. To make things easier, you might want to try chewing with your mouth closed while biting more than one side of a food at a time. Also, consider softening hard foods before you chew them and avoid sticky foods like taffy or caramel as they tend to stick to dental work. Lastly, rinse out your mouth after eating certain acidic foods (like oranges) so that you don’t discolor or erode your braces or have issues with dental erosion from acid burns to exposed tooth enamel.
What You Can Eat With Braces
Okay, so what can you eat with braces? Good question. While each orthodontist has their own opinion about what foods are allowed and which are not, there are some common guidelines you can follow. Generally speaking, harder foods like apples, nuts and crunchy vegetables should be avoided. These have a tendency to get stuck in your braces and cause irritation or gum recession if eaten too often. No piece of apple or peanut will simply slide out of place – they need to be removed by hand or flossing first – so why make it more difficult on yourself? If a food has a lot of ridges or bumps that could damage.
What You Can’t Eat With Braces
This might seem obvious, but make sure you avoid chewy and sticky foods like pretzels and gum. These items can easily get stuck in your braces. If your braces are removable (that is, they’re connected by a chain), you’ll need to remove them before eating or drinking anything with them in place. You can do so at meal times by pulling on both ends of your retainer until it comes out. It’s also important to avoid any sweets that have large pieces—particularly hard candies like lollipops and jawbreakers. Although most orthodontists won’t suggest avoiding acidic foods for fear of damaging your teeth and mouth, it is best to eat these types of foods after brushing and flossing with special care around where your braces are located.