People with braces know the struggle of picking the right foods to eat. They have to, of course, consider their health and then, they have to be conscious of their braces, too.
Although braces have become sturdier with modern technology, it’s still important to be careful not to damage them. Certain foods can damage braces components like the rubber bands, wires, or even the bracket itself. Generally, avoid all foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Soft foods are most recommended for those who wear braces because they are gentler on braces hardware.
Here are some foods you should avoid when wearing braces:
- Hard taco shells
- Sticky and hard candy
- Corn chips
- Hard cookies or crackers
- Sticky or hard chocolate
For some foods, you should try to avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth. When possible, cut up these hard foods into smaller pieces:
- Raw vegetables
- French/Italian bread
- Hard rolls
- Thin crust pizza
- Sub sandwiches
- Corn on the cob
Recommended foods when wearing braces:
- Hull-less popcorn
- Bananas, grapes, oranges, strawberries, and other fruits without pits
- Light crackers or cookies
- Mashed potatoes
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Ravioli, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and other noodle dishes
Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet is important for oral health and overall health.
The healthier your body is, the better the results of your orthodontic treatment because a proper diet provides essential nutrients to bones and tissues undergoing significant change during braces treatment.
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