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A Guide to Braces: Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces – Tips from South Yarra Orthodontics

If you’ve recently started your orthodontic journey with braces at South Yarra Orthodontics, congratulations! Braces are a great way to achieve a straight and healthy smile. However, to ensure that your braces treatment runs smoothly, it’s important to take care of what you eat when wearing braces. Certain foods can damage your braces or become stuck in them, causing discomfort or even breaking the braces brackets or wires. To help you navigate this new phase of your orthodontic treatment, South Yarra Orthodontics has put together a comprehensive guide on the foods to eat and foods to avoid with braces.

Foods to Eat with Braces:

  1. Braces and Soft Fruits and Vegetables: Choose soft fruits and vegetables like bananas, grapes, avocados, steamed carrots, and cooked broccoli. These foods are gentle on braces and won’t cause any damage when you bite down.
  2. Braces and Dairy Products: Dairy products like yogurt and cheese are great options for braces wearers. They are soft and provide essential nutrients like calcium for strong teeth and bones. Be sure to rise your mouth with water after consuming dairy products, to ensure there is no residue left around the braces brackets.
  3. Braces and Soft Grains: Cooked pasta, rice, and oatmeal are excellent choices for braces patients. They are easy to chew and won’t damage your braces. Ask for a braces Pikster tool from South Yarra Yarra Orthodontics. This tool, much like a special toothpick but much softer, can help you get in between those hard to reach places that toothbrushes cannot.
  4. Braces and Protein Sources: Soft protein sources such as eggs, fish, and tofu are safe to eat with braces. Just be sure to cut them into small pieces to avoid biting into hard portions.
  5. Braces and Soft Treats: You can still indulge in yummy treats like ice cream, milkshakes, and smoothies. Just be aware of any nuts, seeds, or hard candies that may be included in these treats.

Foods to Avoid with Braces:

  1. Braces and Sticky or Chewy Foods: Foods like caramel, toffee, minities, and chewing gum are a big no-no with braces. They can get stuck in your braces and are difficult to clean, leading to potential damage or decay.
  2. Braces and Hard Foods: Hard foods like nuts, popcorn, pretzels, and hard lollies can cause damage to braces by bending wires or breaking brackets. Avoid biting into these foods directly.
  3. Braces and Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables: While fruits and vegetables are generally healthy, avoid biting into hard or crunchy ones like apples, carrots, and corn on the cob. Instead, cut them into small, bite sized pieces.
  4. Braces and Tough Meats: Tough meats like steak, beef jerky, and pork chops can be challenging to chew with braces and may cause discomfort or damage to braces, just take your time to cut them down into more manageable pieces.
  5. Braces and Soft Drink: Carbonated beverages can create pressure on braces and cause discomfort. Additionally, sugary foods and drinks can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum problems. Limit your consumption of soft drink, lollies, and other sugary sweets..

Taking care of your braces and being mindful of your food choices is the foundation for successful orthodontic treatment. Follow the tips above to ensure that you’re eating the right foods and avoiding those that can damage your braces. Remember, it’s just a temporary adjustment, and the end result is guaranteed to make you smile!