Whether you already have braces or will be getting them soon, learning about braces-friendly foods will help you navigate your treatment. The most important thing to understand is that you won’t need to memorize a list of foods to avoid. We’re going to concentrate on types of foods rather than a specific list.
The Theory Behind Braces-Friendly Foods
The key to keeping a braces-friendly diet is learning about the types of foods to avoid. To help you determine what to avoid, concentrate on the braces. Although braces are strong enough to shift your teeth into new positions, the actual components can be fragile. The entire idea behind braces-friendly foods is to help you avoid damaging your appliances.
Of course, we need to quickly remind you about foods to avoid. This includes many sweets, but plain chocolate with no nuts or crunchy bits is totally okay!
Hard foods can damage the wires and dislodge the brackets. This includes foods that you bite into, such as apples, carrots, and corn on the cob. Sticky foods can get stuck to your appliances, causing them to break, shift, or loosen brackets. This includes caramels, chewing gum, and anything that may stick to your teeth and braces. Tough food like crusty bread that you need to pull with your teeth can cause mouth pain.
Before selecting a food, ask yourself a simple question, “Will this food damage my braces?” That simple question will help you select the best foods to eat during your treatment.
Determining the Foods You Can Eat During Treatment
Donuts and milkshakes — you can eat donuts and drink milkshakes! But since you can’t live on those alone, let’s discuss some other healthy alternatives. Soft, not sticky, and not chewy are the keys. By beginning the selection process with the above question, you will find that many things fit into the list of braces-friendly foods.
Beginning with bread, you can eat most regular sandwiches, dinner rolls, and bread with soft crusts. This even includes pizza, although we recommend ordering the softer pan-style crusts. Eating pizza with a knife and fork may seem pretentious, but it will keep you from tugging and pulling with your teeth. For toppings, you should avoid crispy things like bacon and over-cooked pepperonis.
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Snacks, you ask? Plenty of those. Ice cream, cakes, muffins, soft cookies, brownies (without nuts), and the donuts we mentioned earlier. Plain chocolate, without candy coating and nuts (sorry, no M&Ms) is fine, too. Fresh, soft fruits, such as berries and bananas, are great. Use caution with grapes. If you really can’t live without an apple a day, peel it and cut it into small, bite-sized pieces.
Hamburgers, steak, pork chops, and chicken are all okay. Use caution with burgers — avoid hard, crusty buns and condiments like bacon. Likewise with other meats — avoid tough cuts, and cut the meats into bite-sized pieces.
Sticking with a few simple rules makes eating with braces easy. Remember to ask the question, “Will this food damage my braces?” when making selections.
If You Still Have Questions, Call Us
We hope that this helps you select good braces-friendly foods during your treatment. Our entire staff at Sokoloff Orthodontics can answer any remaining questions you may have. Please call us at 914-949-0068 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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