It's true that braces have become sturdier in recent years, but some foods can still damage them. Here, our Vancouver orthodontists share what types of food to avoid during treatment with braces, and which ones you can still enjoy.
If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, it’s important to avoid certain foods that can damage your braces or increase your risk for cavities.
Sticky, chewy foods can cause damage to the wires and loosen brackets. Sugary, starchy foods can create plaque that can cause issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.
What foods should I avoid with braces?
Patients with braces should avoid all foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. These types of food can can damage braces and make their impact less effective.
Some examples of foods to avoid during treatment with braces include: popcorn, nuts, hard candy and corn chips.
What food can I still eat with braces?
For those who wear braces, soft foods are most recommended because they are gentler and less likely to cause damaged to braces.
Some examples of food you can eat while wearing braces include: yogurt, soft fruits (bananas, grapes, etc.), cheese, pasta and mashed potatoes.
Braces wearers should also try to avoid biting into hard foods with the front teeth. When possible, hard foods can be cut up into smaller pieces such as: raw vegetables, hard bread, fruit and corn on the cob.
Why should I follow these guidelines for eating with braces?
Any damage to the wires or brackets can increase the length of your orthodontic treatment. To keep your braces in good shape, be sure to choose foods you can eat, avoid those you shouldn't and take good care of your oral health.