What Can and Can’t Be Eaten with Braces?

Life with braces can be hard. Especially when you have to watch what you eat.

It’s simple: Doctors recommend avoiding hard food so you don’t accidentally damage your braces.

You will feel a little sore for a few days until the dentist adjusts your transparent aligners in Littleton. The reason soft foods are recommended is because they provide relief to your aching gums.

The following two lists mention all the foods and drinks you can enjoy and must avoid:

Foods to AVOID

  • Chewy Foods: Licorice, Bagels
  • Crunchy Foods: Chips, Ice, Popcorn
  • Sticky Foods: Chewing Gum, Caramel Candies
  • Hard Foods: Hard Candies, Nuts
  • Food You Have to Bite Into: Apples, Carrots, Corn on the Cob, Beef Jerky
  • Foods containing Turmeric (this spice can stain braces)

Eating foods with a high sugar content can cause cavities. These can damage your teeth. There’s also a possibility that they might leave behind stains. All this can be prevented by brushing your teeth immediately after every meal.

Foods You CAN Eat

  • Breads: Muffins Without Nuts, Soft Tortillas, Pancakes
  • Dairy: Milk-Based Drinks, Soft Cheese, Pudding, Yogurt
  • Grains: Soft-Cooked Rice, Pasta, Oatmeal
  • Meats/Poultry: Meatballs, Lunch Meats, Soft-Cooked Chicken, Soup, Scrambled Eggs
  • Seafood: Crab Cakes, Tuna, Salmon
  • Vegetables: Mashed Potatoes, Beans, Steamed Spinach
  • Fruits: Bananas, Fruit Juice, Applesauce
  • Treats: Soft Cake, Nutty Ice Cream, Jell-O, Milkshakes

Apart from hard food, there are a few things you should avoid chewing on. These usually come from habits:

  • Pencil Chewing
  • Nail Biting
  • Pen Chewing
  • Straw Chewing
  • Toothpicks

With a bit of care, you can still enjoy your favorite foods and drinks. Getting braces does not restrict you. You just have to be consistent with your oral hygiene. Instead of choosing metal braces, go for Invisalign®. These offer you more freedom physically and aesthetically.

Visit the specialists at Ohmart Orthodontics. They will evaluate your braces for damage and plaque build-up on the brackets. Depending on your needs, we will recommend different types of dental braces and explain the benefits of each option. For more information about transparent aligners in Littleton and post-braces guidelines, call (303) 586-5750.

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