What Can You Eat With Fixed Braces

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The reasons for wearing Braces

More and more adults in London are choosing to straighten their teeth using fixed orthodontic braces. If you are considering starting brace treatment or already have brace, our dentists can help provide you the expertise and information you need to create a straight smile. At Whites Dental, we offer a range of orthodontic braces in the heart of London – these include Damon braces, ceramic braces, clear brace, lingual brace and fixed metal brace. Why not book a free consultation with one of our dentists to discuss any questions you may have.

Millions of people across the world use orthodontic brace to align or straighten their teeth or help with other dental problems such as gaps, underbite, or overbite. Braces can drastically improve the overall look of your teeth, but it can take days or weeks to adjust to the extra pressure on your teeth. You may also feel some pain or irritation around your teeth and gums during the first few days. However, if you talk with anyone who’s had brace, you will find out that the hardest adjustment might be giving up some of the foods you love. It’s not nice being told what you can and cannot eat but unfortunately with braces there are some rules to follow. Eating foods which are too hard or chewy can in fact damage/break your braces and may cause a delay in your treatment. A patient who is compliant with eating instructions will sail through treatment quicker than someone who isn’t!

So…what can you eat when you first get braces?

Your orthodontist will most likely recommend only eating soft foods for the first few days. Getting braces doesn’t hurt, however your mouth may be quite sensitive in the days following your appointment. You’ll also have to learn how to chew differently and eating foods that have tougher texture could cause pain. Some ideal foods to eat after getting brace include: mashed potatoes, yogurt, soups, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, seafood, soft fruits, soft cheeses, cooked or soft vegetables, moist desserts and pasta. Fundamentally, anything that’s easy to chew. Sensitivity after getting braces should improve after a few days or a week. At that point, you’ll be able to somewhat resume your normal diet.

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What to avoid eating right after getting braces

As well as knowing what foods you can eat after getting brace, you should also know what foods to avoid right after getting them. Loads of foods are fine to eat with braces. However, some “safe” foods might not be ideal to eat straight after getting braces, since they can irritate your mouth, causing too much pressure and sensitivity. Foods to avoid right after getting brace include:

*ice cream *thick rolls or breads *thicker cuts of meats *spicy foods *citrus foods

You should be able to eat the items above once your teeth adjust to having braces.

Top 8 Worst Foods for Orthodontic Braces

Be mindful that braces are sensitive to damage, so you’ll need to avoid certain foods for as long as you have braces. Some of these foods include sticky and hard foods that are known to damage the wires or bands, or cause a bracket to separate from a tooth.

We find that certain foods consistently create issues for orthodontic braces patients. These issues can range from causing broken brackets to increasing the risk of tooth decay. We have noted below the top 7 food items that are least-friendly for people wearing braces.

Popcorn – It may not sound like it, however, popcorn is probably the single worst food item that you can eat with your orthodontic braces. The reason is popcorn kernels. For someone not wearing braces, popcorn kernels may cause minor discomfort at best and can be easily taken care of by flossing or use of a strategically placed fingernail. However, for patient’s wearing orthodontic braces, popcorn kernels can sometimes get stuck for long periods of time, causing extremely painful swelling to the gums and sometimes requiring the removal of braces and the wires to clean the area properly.

Ice – You are correct, ice technically is not food, but teenagers (and also some adults) love to chew on it. Chewing ice is not good for teeth in general; however it is especially bad for orthodontic braces. We often find that teenagers (and sometimes adults) who show up to their review appointments with multiple broken brackets often admit to chewing ice at home.

Corn on the cob – Corn on the cob is one of the most difficult food items to eat with braces on. It is also often one of the first things patients want to eat once their orthodontic fixed braces are removed. Eating corn is actually perfectly okay, as long as it is removed from the cob first.

 Whole apples and raw carrots – Having apples and carrots on this list often surprises patients given they are so healthy and relatively easy to eat. However, eating whole apples and raw carrots requires you to bite with your front teeth, which often causes broken brackets. As with corn on the cob in the paragraph above, cutting the carrots and apples makes them easier to eat and therefore less dangerous for your braces.

Beef jerky – Some teenagers just love to have beef jerky despite its salty taste and extremely strong smell. Unfortunately however, beef jerky needs a lot of effort to chew and therefore, not surprisingly, is bad for your fixed braces.

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Hard candy – Hard candies like jolly ranchers and peppermint are the perfect way to break orthodontic brackets, especially if you were to bite down hard on the candy. If you are very fond of having candies, we suggest just sucking on them until they completely dissolve – this won’t break the braces. However, bear in mind that sugar isn’t great for teeth and having lots of candies will likely increase your risk of tooth decay. That’s the last thing you want while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Sugary gum – Gum is somewhat of a controversial topic for many orthodontists and patients. Some orthodontists allow patients to chew gum while undertaking brace treatment. However, other orthodontists only allow their patients to consume sugar-free gum. Sugary gum should never really be chewed at all as it can increase the risk of tooth decay and therefore cause cavities. Sugar-free gum can sometimes dislodge the thin orthodontic wires that are placed at the start of orthodontic brace treatment.

However, chewing forces unleashed while chewing gum can also make tooth movement more comfortable for the patient, which is why many orthodontists allow the patient’s to have sugar-free gum.

Turmeric – Turmeric, an orange-yellow coloured spice found in Indian and Middle Eastern foods, stains orthodontic braces and Invisalign aligners. We suggest avoiding Indian and Middle Eastern preparations that contain this spice.

How To Eat With Fixed Braces

How you eat with your fixed braces if almost as important as what you eat with them. The first rule of thumb is to chew food slowly so as not to accidentally bite too hard on something, causing your brackets to come lose in the process. The second rule of thumb is to cut your food and fruits into smaller pieces where you can – especially carrots, apples, spaghetti and chewy bread. Third rule of thumb is to bite from the side of your mouth instead of your front teeth. You will find biting from the side a lot easier and this will also prevent food from getting stuck in your front brackets.

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The takeaway message…

Getting braces can improve your teeth. Nevertheless, there is still a risk of damaging your braces and teeth, if you eat the wrong types of food and don’t keep up good dental hygiene. Your will discuss what foods to avoid. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask one of our leading orthodontics at Whites Dental. Unfortunately, damaging your brace could prolong your treatment, meaning you’ll have to wear them for a longer period of time.

Once your braces have settled in, you can eat and enjoy food like you used to. Try and get into the habit of chewing without pushing your food to the side of your mouth. Pieces of food are more likely to get stuck in the braces if they are impacted between the teeth and the inside of your cheek.

Cutting your food into small pieces should help with this and will make it less likely that morsels will get caught anywhere else in the braces. Plan your meals more, so you know you’ll have plenty of time to chew your food slowly, rather than trying to eat large meals in a rush. In addition, you may find this article – the best foods for braces helpful in keeping your diet healthy, low sugar and least likely to cause damages or breakages to the brace system.

For more information on fixed braces, visit our orthodontics page below – https://www.whitesdental.co.uk/orthodontist-teeth-straightening-london-waterloo/

Whites Dental has some of the leading orthodontic dentists in London Bridge, providing fixed brace, six month smiles, fast braces, damon braces and Invisalign clear brace to patients near us in London Bridge, Central London, Southwark, Elephant and Castle and London Waterloo. Our webpage provides information on how to find a good orthodontist in London. We are located in London Waterloo, adjacent to Waterloo train station and across the road from Southwark Tube station. We are also a 10 minutes’ walking distance from London BridgeElephant and Castle tube station and Borough Market and 5 minutes’ walking distance from Blackfriars and Southbank stations.

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