The types of food to avoid, what you can enjoy and what to include in your diet when you have braces.
Braces are perhaps one of the most popular teeth straightening options available today. With much of the stigma and embarrassment surrounding braces now diminishing, many more people are opting for braces to help give them a straighter smile.
Traditional braces will need constant care to be able to do their job effectively and efficiently. This means regular maintenance through proper cleaning and preserving the braces by avoiding bad dental habits and damaging foods.
Foods to Avoid
Whilst having braces can greatly improve your smile and dental health, there are also several limitations you will need to account for especially regarding food.
When you have braces, it is important to remember that there are certain foods you should avoid to prevent any unnecessary damage. These include:
- Hard foods: Hard breads, pizza crusts, nuts, popcorn (the kernels are quite hard and can be damaging), vegetables such as raw carrots, etc. Biscuits, Nuts, Chocolate if it has been in the refrigerator and anything that makes a crunchy sound when you bite it.
- Hard lollies: The sugar from candy (sweets, chocolates, etc.) can erode your teeth’s natural enamel making it more susceptible to damage. Hard lollies can also cause damage to your braces.
- Hard meats: Beef jerky, poorly cooked meats, such as pork, veal, etc. can be difficult to bite and chew.
- Ice: Biting and chewing ice can cause serious damage to your braces and your teeth!
- Sticky foods: These types of foods can get stuck in your braces and make cleaning your teeth even more difficult. You should avoid gum, caramel, peanut butter, maple syrup, and other sticky foods or snacks.
Foods You Can Safely Enjoy with Braces
We’ve listed some of the foods (or food types) that you should avoid but don’t despair; there are plenty of other delicious foods you can enjoy when you have braces!
- Soft fruits: Grapes, grapefruit, nectarines, oranges, bananas, etc.
- Steamed veggies: Whilst certain raw veggies can damage your braces, softening them up through steaming can ensure you get your daily vitamins and minerals without the worry of damage.
- Dairy: Milk is an excellent source of calcium and can help strengthen your teeth. Yoghurt and cheese also make delicious snacks or alternatives to tough meat.
- Soft meats: Hard meats may be detrimental to your braces, but you can switch it for soft meats such as tender chicken, turkey, and lunch meat.
- Seafood: You can still enjoy your favourite seafood even with braces; just avoid fish with bones or using your teeth to pull apart shells from crabs, lobsters, etc.
- Desserts: Who doesn’t love dessert? You’ll be glad to know that even with braces, you can still enjoy your favourite desserts such as pudding, ice cream, cheesecake, smoothies and so much more!
- Soft grains: These are great and delicious! Cooked pasta, rice, oats, etc. are great for you and your braces.
- Soft breads: There are certain breads that you can enjoy such as tortillas, fresh bread and bread rolls, burger buns, naan bread, etc.
- Eggs: Eggs are a great breakfast alternative to tough meats such as bacon when you have braces.
Having braces can sometimes cause decalcification which can be highly detrimental to your teeth. To try and help your teeth strengthen its natural enamel, you should try to incorporate these foods in your diet:
- Calcium-rich foods: Dairy products are the obvious food choices for a calcium boost but did you know that kale, okra, and tofu are filled with calcium too? Not only are they soft enough to enjoy with braces, but they are also rich in vitamins and minerals to help not just your teeth, but your overall health too!
- Cheese: You know it’s good for your teeth because it’s rich in calcium, but did you know that cheese also helps reduce the acidity in your mouth? Acidity in the mouth is one of the main causes of tooth decay in people with braces so adding cheese to your diet can help you avoid this and maintain a healthy and happy mouth.
Caring for Braces at AAA Orthodontics
Getting braces is the first step to obtaining straighter and healthier teeth and will help you achieve a better smile. However, you will need to care for your braces to avoid any damage which could hamper your treatment.
Taking care of braces involves avoiding certain eating habits and foods that could be detrimental to them. If you follow our lists above, you can be rest assured that you are taking care of your braces which will go a long way in shortening treatment time and achieving the best results!
AAA Orthodontics | Brisbane
If you would like to learn more about braces and the proper diet to follow when you have braces, book an appointment with us by calling (07) 3325 0255 or sending us a message via our Contact Us page.