One controversial thing about wearing braces is that you hurt and help the teeth spontaneously. Braces help your teeth by correcting their position and alignment. They hurt your teeth because they make it difficult to practice good dental hygiene. Since flossing and brushing are more challenging, you need to be careful with what you eat. Here is a list of foods you should avoid.
Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces
You need to avoid chewy foods such as grilled tripes, candy, chocolate bars, and noodles. These foods can stick on the wires and brackets used to make the calipers, damaging them in the process. Not to mention, they can stick on your teeth and cause further dental problems. Avoid these snacks as much as possible for the period during which you will be wearing the braces.
The wires used to support the calipers usually change when you eat. Snacks, especially the crunchy ones, can create a lot of friction and pressure on the calipers, causing the wires and brackets to separate. Avoid snacks that are made of sticky compounds.
These include toffee, cakes, fruit roll-ups, candies, caramels, and licorice. However, not all snacks are bad. Snacks such as fruits do not cause any damages and are healthy for the teeth. You just need to cut down on hard fruits like apples, bananas, grapes, berries, melons, and kiwi. Apart from fruity snacks, you can try sweet treats such as yogurt and ice cream or salty snacks such as walnuts.
Highly Acidic Foods
Foods that have high acidic content can corrode and damage the wires and brackets, especially if you wear them for a long period. Besides, these foods can eat away the enamel and create cavities on the teeth. Make sure you avoid highly acidic foods such as lime, sodas, and lemons. If you have been eating these foods, you will notice where the brackets were fitted once you remove them. Ask your orthodontist to recommend for you the right alternatives to avoid taking highly acidic foods.
Chewing gum is known to strengthen the jawbone and reduce the risk of developing tooth decay. However, when it comes to teeth realignment, chewing gum is not allowed. The gum can stick on the calipers and wires and cause damages that are difficult to correct. It can also damage the brackets, rendering your realignment treatment useless unsuccessful. This may force you to schedule another visit to an orthodontist to have the calipers replaced. If you use gum regularly, you need to stop. If you can’t stop, then make sure you brush your teeth every time you chew to avoid problems.
Foods that require a lot of mechanical input do not go well with wires and brackets. Such foods create a lot of stress on the brackets, which can damage them in the process. Not to mention, the rough particles from the food can dislodge the wires, causing further damages. Avoid hard foods such as caramel apples, sushi, hard tacos, enormous burgers, crabs, and meatball subs.
Nuts and Vegetables
Vegetables and nuts are not recommended. These foods tend to disintegrate into small particles that attach themselves to the spacing between the wires and the brackets. The particles are very difficult to remove and can cause an unhygienic condition. You can eat soft fruits such as pear, watermelons, and apples if they are reduced into smaller pieces. Do not bite into them. Also, avoid raw corn, carrots, nuts, almonds, and peanuts, since they are too difficult to chew.
While meat helps strengthen the jaw bone, it is not allowed for those wearing teeth realigners, especially if it contains bones. If you have to eat meat with bones, then separate the bone from the meat first. Doing so will enable you to avoid dislodging one or two brackets or misaligning the wires that bring the calipers together. It is wise you avoid meat altogether to be on the safer side.
Foods to Eat
Whether you have calipers, or you are planning to replace them with Invisalign, you need to avoid the foods mentioned above. There are hundreds of alternatives you can explore. Some of the foods you can eat include soft cheeses, pancakes, muffins, soft cooked rice, fruit juice, eggs, pasta, sliced bread, soft cooked chicken, and many more.
In addition to eating the right foods, you need to ensure you observe good oral health practices. Make sure you brush after every meal, even after a late afternoon snack. Brushing will help remove the food particles that get trapped between the wires and brackets. In addition to brushing frequently, you need to floss once or twice per day. Floss between the brackets and under the wires. To make the process simpler, use an orthodontic flosser or floss threaded.
I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Southern Illinois University and then received my Doctorate of Medical Dentistry at the University of Kentucky. After, I attended the University of Tennessee to complete my Master of Science in Orthodontics degree.
I consider every minute of continuing education to be vital for my patients and myself. Staying current with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies within my field allows me to improve treatment efficiency and provide higher quality results for each person I treat.