Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important that you take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It’s also possible that wires could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well-balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.
Eating restricted foods may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately extend the length of treatment. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific questions about food choices should be directed to our office.
Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
Sticky foods: caramels, gum
Hard foods: nuts, candy
Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
Dairy: soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
Bread: soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
Grains: pasta, soft cooked rice
Meats/poultry: soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
Seafood: tuna, salmon, crab cakes
Vegetables: mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans