How To Eat With Braces

Many new and old brace faces do not know how to eat with braces. Braces are meant to give wearers straight teeth and a beautiful smile, but while wearing them certain foods can loosen braces or even break them.  Generally speaking as long as most foods are cut into small pieces, they may still be eaten with braces, but other foods should be avoided at all costs.

  1. Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods – Biting into certain hard or sticky foods could break you braces or loosen wires. Foods like corn on the cob, popcorn, bubble gum and toffee are some of the biggest food enemies for braces wearers. These foods can get stuck in your braces, break off pieces of your braces causing damage or even worse cause you to swallow the broken pieces.
  2. Avoid Sugary Foods – Foods with high sugar content can pose future problems for braces wearers. Sugary foods can cause tooth decay for braces wearers given these foods can build up and collect around braces and wires. Some sugary beverages soda or sweetened tea should be consumed only once a day while wearing braces.
  3. Cut your Food or Eat Soft Foods – While wearing braces, try to cut your food into smaller pieces to prevent damage to braces or food getting stuck in them. For example, while eating chicken of the bone is not recommended, simply cut the chicken off the bone to eat it with braces. Additionally, eating soft foods like jello, mashed potatoes or soups are great for new brace wearers or people with newly tightened braces. These foods do not require any hard biting or chewing which can be painful with newly tightened or applied braces.
  4. Avoid Dyed Foods – While dyed food pose not health or physical risk to your braces or teeth, these foods could stain your teeth or braces, especially clear braces. Certain fruit drinks, candy and even types of food can leave your teeth discolored while wearing braces. When your braces are finally removed, this could leave you with an unappealing dental aesthetic, requiring teeth whitening in the future to even the color of your teeth.
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