Adopting a slightly new approach to food will help your teeth and traditional metal braces work the way they were designed to. Biting into chewy, hard, tough or sticky food often enough will cause the brackets on your metal braces to pull away from the teeth and break. When the braces are damaged, it can delay your orthodontic treatment. It can also cause discomfort. The stress of each bite of food can be reduced by making pieces smaller. Just cut up your favorite dishes and let your back teeth take over the majority of the chewing.
Foods To Avoid With Braces:
• Gooey, sticky foods
• Hard or gummy candy (Starburst, Swedish Fish, Sour Patch Kids, etc)
• Hard crackers or chips
Softer foods protect your metal braces. Some safe foods to try are soups, ice cream, soft tortillas, rice, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, and more tender fruits like bananas.
Foods and drinks with higher acid content should be reduced when wearing braces because they can discolor your teeth and wear away enamel. Many foods that are high in acid content are good for your body, but not for your teeth. Foods like cereal, bread and fruit are keys to a healthy diet, but their sugar and starch content may cause cavities.
High Acid / Less Tooth Friendly Foods & Drinks:
• fruit juices, vitamin/sports drinks, soda
• salsas, vinaigrette dressings, barbecue sauce meat
• cherries, apples, pears, peaches, raspberries, plums
Low Acid/ Pro Tooth Friendly Foods & Drinks:
• eggs, poultry, seafood
• milk, water
• bananas, mangoes, melons
A healthy, straight smile with the help of braces is an investment for life! What you put in your mouth can be a determining factor on how well your metal braces work for you!
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
West Des Moines’ 5-star rated Orthodontist, Dr. Stork of Stork Orthodontics offers the most advanced braces for children, teens and adults, including Damon® clear braces. Contact us today for a complimentary braces consultation at our West Des Moines, Iowa (IA) orthodontics office.
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West Des Moines, IA 50266