You’re chewing on a delightful treat and you abruptly hear a slight popping noise come from your teeth. Suddenly, you know something on your braces is now out of place. Unfortunately, you’ve just broken a part of your braces and it’ll need to be fixed by your orthodontist on your next visit. Things like this can happen all the time but they’re also easily avoidable by simply knowing which food types to stay away from.
The rule of thumb is to usually avoid all things sticky and hard. Foods like these can knock the brackets and wires of the braces loose, something that could delay the progress you’re making with braces. So what foods should be avoided?
When you think of things sticky and hard, the first thing that may come to mind is candy. It’s something kids love to eat, the same age demographic that usually wears braces. If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re a parent whose kid is about to or just got braces. Yes, as you likely already know, getting your child to eat the right things can be tough enough, but with good command, you can help your child avoid problems.
Good examples of sticky and hard candy may include popular products such as hard candy like Jolly Ranchers or sticky candy like Airheads. Aside from candy, other foods that could be described by these adjectives include things like gum, nuts, popcorn and pretzels. Meanwhile, it’s also important to not let the fact that either you or your child is wearing braces hurt the amount of nutrition you or they receive. For example, take fruit. It’s something that should be an important part of anyone’s diet. But biting into harder fruits such as apples can cause problems for people wearing braces. To avoid issues, consider cutting the apple into smaller pieces before eating it.
So now that we’ve covered some of the foods that should be avoided while on braces, let’s take a quick look at some that are pretty safe to eat. These include softer foods like grapes, pasta, bananas, yogurt and plenty of others. As always, however, talk to your orthodontist should you have any further concerns over what’s considered alright.