Foods to avoid with braces

This is a list of foods that have the potential to damage your orthodontic appliances and slow down your treatment.

  • Avoid foods that you would normally bite with your front teeth

Like carrots, apples, corn on the cob, rolls, wraps, meat on the bone, these foods don’t have to be completely cut out of your diet, just cut up into small pieces before being eaten so that may be chewed with your back teeth.

  • Hard foods

Some foods are just too tough to safely bite into with braces. These include ice, ice blocks, popcorn, crusty bread rolls, tortilla wraps, corn chips, muesli bars, chips, biscuits, lollies, nuts, pop corn chicken, and seeded breads. Biting into this foods can bend or break your wires and brackets. Pop corn has also the potential to become lodged in your gums underneath the bracket causing severe gum irritation.

  • Foods with high sugar content

This foods should be limited as a treat and you must brush immediately afterward. Avoid soft drinks and chewing gum because these foods have the potential to cause heavy plaque build up. The combination of sugar and plaque causes acid in the mouth, which can lead to white spots on the teeth and cavities.

  • Sticky lollies

Minties, Fantales, Roll Ups, Licorice, Fudge and chewing gum are bad for your braces, aside from being very sugary, they are sticky and chewy enough to pull your orthodontic appliance away from your teeth. This will require an appointment to repair the appliance and slow down your treatment. It is best to avoid these and similar lollies altogether.

Don’t worry, there are lots of food you can eat while you have braces, we suggest, soft cheeses, custard, milk based drinks, soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts, soft brad, pasta, soft cooked rice, soft cooked chicken, mince, cold meats, tuna, salmon,  fish, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, beans, bananas, poached fruits, ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, jelly just to give you some examples.

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