I Song Orthodontics understands that it can be a drag to have braces. If you aren’t using accelerated orthodontics, the general time you’ll spend in braces from start to finish is anywhere from 18-24 months. No matter if you have braces or not, it’s important to be aware of how some of these foods can adversely affect your teeth, leaving your enamel vulnerable to erosion, causing harm to your teeth and gum tissue. But we do know that braces are meant to help you with your oral health, but they also prove to throw up a few hurdles. They make it harder to speak and eat, and they also make it harder to perform those good dental habits you learn from I Song Orthodontics.
It helps while you’re in braces to facilitate the process by being good to your teeth and your dental appliances. When you know more about what’s good for your teeth, it helps you to make better, more educated decisions, decisions that will help provide a good foundation for you to enjoy your natural, sparkling set of teeth for years to come.
Keep in mind that your braces can be damaged from one wrong bite. This can compromise your entire orthodontic treatment, so make sure that you are careful and smart about what you eat.
Make sure to avoid the following foods:
Foods like almonds, jawbreakers, pizza crusts, crispy chips, raw carrots, anything that is going to require more force from your jaw to bite through. This can disrupt your orthodontics, damaging important wires and brackets. Instead of snacking on peanut brittle, opt for some soft serve, your teeth will thank you in the end. Make sure that after you eat you incorporate a strong brushing and flossing routine.
Tough luck, right? Snacks like beef jerky and other dehydrated meats can loosen wires and brackets of your braces. Avoid eating tough steaks as well, any sort of food that is going to be cumbersome to eat and require a lot of force from your jaw. You don’t want to be putting undue pressure on your orthodontics.
Taffy is a no go. So are other candies, especially candy that is high in sugary or foods that come with a crunch. Avoid potato chips, and certainly, avoid peanut brittle. Do now chew on candy that you are meant to suck on. You’ll want to avoid hard candy like that at all cost anyway, anything that can get stuck in your brackets and wires, which will cause them to undergo stress and possibly even loosen. Protect your orthodontics every step of the way. Gum is another thing you should avoid. At the very least opt for a sugar-free breath mint.
Don’t chew on inedibles!
This includes pens. Make sure that you don’t bite your fingernails or chew on other hard objects. Stay away from chewing on ice, too, which can also loosen your brackets and wiring. Ice is one of the most common culprits when it comes to damaged braces. We know that ice cubes might be welcome, especially when your teeth and gums are sensitive. Living with braces can often cause discomfort, and ice is right on time to provide pain relief. Just make sure that you’re not chewing on ice. You can also apply ice from the outside of the cheek, a back of frozen peas works nicely against your cheek and jaw area.
Food You Can Eat While You Have Braces
I Song Orthodontics doesn’t want to ruin your party, so we thought we’d also list some foods that you can go ahead and indulge in.
Soft fruits and veggies.
Steam your vegetables, if possible. Grapefruits, nectarines, kiwi, avocado, tangerines, ripe peaches, and a number of other fruits and softer greens are better for your orthodontics. It might be an adjustment if you’re on the raw vegetable diet, but it’s better for your dental investment to avoid hard foods like carrots or even celery.
Eat healthy dairy.
Yogurt can be high in probiotics and in some cases will add much-needed protein to your diet (think Greek yogurt). Cheese can also be a healthier option when you go with cheeses that aren’t made from animal proteins.
Eat soft meats when possible.
Eating tender, roasted chicken is easier on your teeth than a well-done steak. Turkey and meatloaf can often be tender as well. Lunch meat, seafood, and certain types of sushi and sashimi can be welcome alternatives as well.
Again, you’ve earned it. Going through braces is not easy, but you can reward yourself for your commitment with pudding, ice cream, frozen yogurt, applesauce, smoothies, and a number of other soft treats. We figure we don’t have to twist your arm too hard on this one. But, do make sure that you brush your teeth between means and after snacks, especially those that are sugar heavy. It’s important to stay on top of your oral health game in the face of rewarding yourself.
We hope that some of this helps. Braces may hinder you in some ways, but they can also be the catalyst you need for setting the foundation for good oral health (which also leads to good overall health). Make sure you schedule your routine visits with I Song Orthodontics. We’ll give you all the guidance you need in your journey in achieving that smile you’ve always wanted.