Most patients make little, if any, adjustments to their diet. With that said, it’s also important to know what foods could aggravate your teeth and braces. The following few types of food may cause trouble:
- A) Hard Foods – These foods may do damage by bending wires, loosening cement under the bands or breaking the little brackets that are attached.
- B) Sticky Foods – These foods may damage appliances by bending wires and pulling cement loose as you chew the food.
- C) High Sugar Content Foods – These foods should be avoided whenever possible. If you do eat any of them, brush your teeth immediately after. If it’s not convenient to brush, then rinse your mouth with clear water.
We suggest to all patients that they use their common sense when following these rules. Foods that are generally bad for you with or without braces still remain bad for you when in braces. It’s best to take a proactive approach and look after your teeth and your overall health at the same time.
In addition to being careful with these foods, you may find it difficult to eat foods without utensils like a knife or fork. Foods that you would traditionally eat by hand, like corn on the cob are best eaten with a knife and fork.
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.