Getting braces is a life-changing decision that enhances your smile for a lifetime. Living with braces is a commitment, so there are some things to be aware of when it comes to eating with braces and what you should do to make sure your teeth are getting the maximum results from treatment.
You may be a bit restricted for a while, but you’ll be back to enjoying your favorite foods before you know it as long as you stick with your treatment plan and take care to avoid foods that could cause damage to your orthodontic appliances.
Braces require certain foods to be eliminated from your diet for the duration of your treatment. There are also some you can enjoy without worry. You should avoid foods that are crunchy, chewy, sticky, or hard. These include hard candies, bagels, popcorn, caramel, gum, and foods that require you bite into them, like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob.
The good news is that you can enjoy a myriad of other foods while your teeth are being repositioned, such as grains, soft treats, dairy, bread, meats, seafood, and soft vegetables and fruits. These items include foods like pancakes, pasta, salmon, mashed potatoes, applesauce, milkshakes, and more.
Sometimes during treatment, your teeth may feel like they’re loosening. While it can be alarming, this is completely normal. Your teeth must be loosened by braces in order to be moved into the proper position. After treatment, your teeth won’t feel loose at all and will look fantastic.
Your wires or brands may also become loose during treatment. If you feel this has occurred, contact our dental office so that we can examine your appliance and repair it. If you can’t get to us right away, you can temporarily fix a loose wire by using the eraser of a pencil or the back of a spoon to gently push it into position.
Take care of your orthodontic appliances to avoid any damage that could lengthen the duration of your treatment. This includes wearing a mouthguard to play sports. Contact us if you experience any emergencies when wearing your appliances.