What Foods Should You Avoid When Wearing Braces?

Nearly four million people in the United States and Canada wear braces, and it's important to know what foods to avoid when wearing them. Crunchy, sticky foods, such as nuts and gum, and hard candies, such as lollipops and candy canes, can loosen supports and cables, which can delay treatment. Sticky foods can stick to your child's braces and are difficult to remove without the help of a professional. Some foods, such as candies, can even trap other particles, which could cause cavities or cavities.

Overly acidic or deeply pigmented foods can stain orthodontic appliances, especially after prolonged or repeated exposure. In addition, the elements of the braces on the teeth (so-called ligatures) can become stained. It's important to remember that certain fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet, but not all products are suitable for a child with braces. Use dental floss to clean between your teeth, as well as a floss threader to remove food particles found between braces and wires. Thick, dense breads can be difficult to chew and cause too much strain on orthodontic appliances, which can cause loose parts or pain in the mouth. It's no secret that too much sugar is bad for your teeth, and that's especially true for kids who wear braces.

These types of snacks, such as popcorn, nuts, and hard candies, can break braces or make their effect less effective. Choosing the right foods is a critical part of wearing braces, but there are other steps you can take to keep your child's mouth safe from food-related damage.

Foods You Should Avoid With Braces

Here's an overview of what's safe to eat during the first few weeks of wearing braces and the foods you should avoid during orthodontic treatment to protect your teeth and accessories:
  • Crunchy, sticky foods: nuts, gum, hard candies (lollipops and candy canes)
  • Thick, dense breads
  • Snacks high in sugar: popcorn, nuts
  • Overly acidic or deeply pigmented foods: candies

Tips for Eating With Braces

Use this list of foods you can't eat with braces to create a guide that you can post in your kitchen or send to your child when you leave home:
  • Cut fruits and vegetables into small pieces before eating them.
  • Avoid hard-to-chew meats like steak.
  • Choose soft breads instead of thick ones.
  • Eat sugary snacks in moderation.
  • Drink plenty of water after eating.
  • Floss regularly.

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