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 can loosen the cement, break the brackets attached, or bend your wires.
- B) Sticky Foods – These foods can pull the cement loose or bend your wires.
- C) High Sugar Content Foods – These foods should be avoided if possible. When you consume sugary foods, be sure to brush your teeth right after. If you cannot brush, please rinse your mouth with 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.