It is possible to enjoy most foods during your orthodontic treatment.

If you decide to undergo orthodontic treatment to resolve an issue with your bite or to straighten your teeth, you might opt for traditional braces.

Braces work by applying pressure to the teeth, gradually shifting them into new positions over time. When wearing braces, there are a few lifestyle adjustments you may need to make, and being mindful of the foods you eat is one such factor.

While it is possible to enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet throughout the duration of your treatment, there are a few foods that are best avoided as they can cause damage to your braces. Read on to find out more about what you can eat with braces, and what you should stay away from…

What can you eat when your braces are first fitted?  

When you first get your braces fitted, you may experience some sensitivity for a few days.

During this time, it’s best to eat soft foods that don’t require much chewing. Some good options include:

  • Mashed vegetables and fruits like potatoes and avocados
  • Yoghurt
  • Soup
  • Oats
  • Pasta
  • Scrambled eggs

While your mouth is still adjusting to the feeling of braces in your mouth, it is best to avoid spicy and citrus foods as these can irritate the soft tissues in the mouth. Any discomfort or sensitivity should begin to subside within a week or so, at which time you should be able to start eating most of your usual diet.

What shouldn’t you eat with braces?  

In order to keep your braces in good condition and to avoid damage, there are some foods that should be avoided altogether. Particularly sticky and hard foods like:

  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard and chewy candy
  • Hard rolls and bagels
  • Chewing gum

Should all be avoided as they can cause damage to the wires and bands.

It is also best to enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation only while you have braces. When you eat sugar, plaque forms and sticks to the surface of the teeth. Although plaque can be removed by brushing your teeth, this is more difficult than usual when you have braces, and if left on the teeth, plaque can cause tooth decay.  

What happens if you damage your braces?     

If you do eat something sticky, hard or crunchy and a wire breaks, we recommend that you see your orthodontist as soon as possible. Any issues with your braces should be resolved quickly to prevent further damage from occurring.

It’s also important that you come in for regular check-ups and cleans. At these appointments, any plaque build-up can be removed and your orthodontist can check that your braces are properly fitted and that they remain in good condition.

How can we help?    

At Integra Dental, we offer a number of orthodontic treatments, including braces.

Braces are the most traditional orthodontic option and remain a popular choice thanks to their ability to effectively resolve a range of issues.

Besides braces, we also offer clear aligners. Although clear aligners cannot resolve all orthodontic issues, they are often suited to individuals who would prefer a more discreet alternative to metal braces.

To find out more about orthodontics at Malo Dental, please have a look here.

If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.