If you have braces, your smile is a work in progress. As you undergo orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile, it is important that you do not sabotage the health of your smile by neglecting your teeth and gums in the process. One way to ensure you are staying on top of your oral health needs while in braces is to make sure you’re eating the appropriate foods. Not all foods are considered safe or beneficial when eating with braces.
The Best Diet
Cleaning your teeth can be extra challenging with braces, especially because you have the obstacles of metal brackets, bands and wires to brush around. The best foods to eat with braces are those that are not high in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For example, you may want to reach for a banana rather than an apple or skip the nuts on your salad. Choosing water instead of juice or soda can significantly improve the health of your teeth while in braces.
You will be asked to periodically come in to the office for adjustments. The tightening of your braces is designed to help them move into proper position. However, we understand that this can make your teeth sore. Consider soft foods following your tightening appointments, which can include yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, etc.
Foods to Eliminate Completely
According to the American Dental Association, it is recommended that patients with braces avoid excessive snacking and choose a well-balanced diet. There are certain foods, however, that should be avoided at all costs to avoid damage to both your teeth and your braces. These include:
- hard candies
- certain raw vegetables (for example, carrots)
Beyond sticking to the recommended diet during your time in braces, it is also very important that you maintain a disciplined oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss well between your teeth and brackets to prevent plague buildup and cavities. The last thing you want after your braces come off is to deal with gum disease, tooth decay or unsightly staining. Choosing appropriate foods and cleaning your teeth after meals is your best weapon against such complications.
For more tips on eating with braces, please contact us at Georgia Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry.
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