Teeth-friendly Fruits & Vegetables No. 7: Watermelon
Whether you’re wearing Invisalign or traditional metal braces, eating the right foods is key to successful treatment. Any orthodontist will tell you that you need to avoid certain foods such as gum, caramel and hard candies to preserve the life of your braces and keep them from being damaged. While there are lots of foods you’ll need to avoid with Invisalign treatment, there are foods that are great for your teeth as well.
Watermelons are especially great for teeth because they As far as fruits go, watermelon is one of the lowest in calories — only 46 calories per cup. That’s lower than even “low-sugar” fruits such as berries. Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid.
If you wear Invisalign, you’ll remove your clear tray before eating anything to reduce the chance of cracking the plastic. By removing the tray, you’re also enabling the carrots to scrub your teeth without anything being in their way. Your orthodontist will go over a full list of foods that you’ll be able to consume with orthodontic treatment and others that you’ll want to avoid. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that are all relatively safe to consume while wearing ortho appliances.
Veggies: carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, cucumbers, salads and greens.
Fruits: watermelon, apples, pears, oranges, bananas and strawberries.
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