LAST UPDATED: JULY 31, 2017
Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces
We only get one set of teeth for a lifetime, so it is important that we take care of them. That is why your orthodontist may have recommended braces for you or your children. There is nothing like flashing a beautiful smile with confidence!
According to 2015 statistics, Reference.com states that at least 4 million people in America wear braces. These amazing orthodontic devices can correct most common dental issues. They can be made of ceramic, metal, or the clear Invisalign. Fortunately, wearing them has lost most of the stigma that it used to cause teenagers. You may see many kids and adults flash their new orthodontics without a problem.
Orthodontic appliances are a considerable investment. Kidshealth.com reports that although the length of time for wearing these devices may vary, most people need them for about two years. While your orthodontic appliances are doing their job for your teeth and jaws, it is your job to protect them. Some of the most innocent foods and drinks can wreak havoc on them. Many of these things are not good for you anyway. Here are some items that you should definitely avoid when wearing orthodontic devices:
Hard Things Are Hard On Your Orthodontics
They may be made of strong material, but there are hard foods that can cause real damage to the wires, brackets, and sealants:
• Popcorn: You are just going to have to watch the movie without it.
• Ice: Crunching ice is not only bad for orthodontics, but it is hard on your teeth.
• Hard candies: Even you just suck on them, hard candies can leave a nasty goo on your orthodontics.
• Nut brittles: The nuts and the hard candy are a double whammy to the work on your teeth.
• Whole carrots: Even if they are cut up, they are stringy and can get caught in your bands.
• Whole apples: You should be fine if the apples are cut up into little pieces.
• Hard breads: That means no pumpernickel or pizza crust ends for you. Bagels are also tricky.
• Chips and hard taco shells: Enjoy soft tacos and nix the tortilla chips.
• Corn on the cob: If you like corn, cut it off the cob. Watch for the silks, too.
Leave The Chewy and Sticky Things Alone
These things can get stuck in your teeth or break wires in your orthodontic work:
• Gum: Can you imagine the mess of digging gum out of your orthodontics?
• Chewy candy: Taffy and other chewy candy are off limits for now.
• Caramel: It tastes wonderful, but it can cause bad damage to your orthodontics.
• Cotton candy: You can still enjoy the circus without it.
• Gummy bears or other animals: You could spend a day picking gummies from your teeth.
• Health bars: They may have extra protein, but they are a sticky mess for your orthodontic work.
• Tough meat: If your steak is not tender, send it back to the kitchen.
Acidic Foods to Avoid
Acidic foods can damage your enamel and stain your teeth, warns Livestrong.com. It is difficult for you to clean the acid trapped underneath your orthodontics. Acid can also cause damage to the bonding material on your teeth:
• Apples: They are fine in small pieces, if eaten in moderation.
• Soda Pop: Your kidneys will thank you for drinking water instead.
• Oranges: You will have to find other good sources of Vitamin C.
• Lemons and Lemon juice: Lemons are high sources of citric acid.
• Pickled vegetables: The vinegar gives your teeth a blast of acid you do not need.
Kick The Sweets
You have probably heard for years that sweets are bad for your teeth. They are also problematic for your orthodontics:
• Sugary Cereals: You actually can still enjoy Saturday mornings without a bowl of cereal.
• Fruit smoothies: They are filled with acid and fruit sugars
• Cookies: You may get by with a soft cookie. Avoid the crunchy ones.
• Overly processed foods: They are usually filled with extra sugars.
You will learn a new way of eating when you have orthodontic appliances. While you should stick with softer foods, you do not have to be on a liquid diet. When you eat things like hamburgers, pizza, or subs, cut them into more manageable bites. The same goes for most fruits and vegetables that you enjoy.
One of the reasons that some people like Invisalign devices so much is that they are removable. You do not have to worry about breaking them or getting food stuck in them. Still, your orthodontist would recommend that you avoid certain food for your teeth’s sake.
Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment
At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:
• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation
Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.
201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815