What foods can I eat with braces?

What foods can I eat with braces?

Caring for your braces is a must during treatment

You or child have taken the step to achieve straighter teeth by beginning your braces treatment, well you wouldn’t want to destroy your progress by eating the wrong foods or having unhealthy habits. Would you?

We recommend not only eating the right foods, but also doing the following:

  • Brushing twice a day or whenever required
  • Flossing every evening
  • Using mouthwash daily

These simple steps alongside eating the right foods will keep your gums and teeth healthy while ensuring your orthodontic treatment is successful.

Foods you can eat with braces:

The following are examples of what you can safely eat with braces.

  • Soups – without hard pieces
  • Fruits – bananas, avocado, juices, smoothies, berries, sauces and other soft fruits diced into small pieces
  • Seafood
  • Vegetables – mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and beans
  • Meats – tender meats, meatballs, lunch meats (cold cuts and sliced meats)
  • Breads – pancakes, soft tortillas and muffins without nuts
  • Grains – soft cooked rice and pasta
  • Dairy – yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, soft cheeses and milk-based drinks
  • Sweets – ice cream without hard pieces, milkshakes, jelly, soft cookies and plain chocolate (limit your intake of sugar!)

Foods to avoid with braces:

The following are examples of what you should not eat with braces.

  • Hard foods – candies, nuts and other hard foods
  • Crunchy foods – chips, lollies, popcorn, pretzels and ice
  • Sticky foods – chewing gum, gummy lollies and caramel
  • Foods that need biting – corn on the cob, chicken wings, ribs and apples
  • Chewy foods – pizza crust, certain breads, licorice and bagels

Three common habits to also avoid with braces:

  • Nail-biting
  • Smoking
  • Chewing on objects

At AAA Orthodontics we offer a range of orthodontic treatments for teens and adults. We also recommend bringing your children along at around seven to eight years of age for early treatments and consultations.

To find out more information on the orthodontic treatments we offer or to book an appointment, please contact our friendly staff here.

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