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Orthodontic Braces in London Waterloo
Many of our Central London based patients often ask us “What can and can’t you eat with braces?” The good news is you don’t have to give up as much as you think as there are still plenty of tasty foods you can eat while having orthodontic braces. And you are not limited to only soft food or pureed goods, you just need to be aware and make good choices. It is important to be aware of the foods you can and cannot eat so you can take care of your braces correctly, and get the best results from your orthodontic treatment.
Starting orthodontic treatment is an important decision to make. Our orthodontic team at Whites Dental in London Waterloo will be glad to provide you more information to help you make an informed decision on what braces are right for you.
Lots of people across the world use orthodontic braces to align or straighten their teeth or help with other dental problems such as gaps, underbite, or overbite. Braces can radically 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 discomfort or irritation around your teeth and gums during the first few days.
However, if you talk with anyone who’s had braces, you will find out that the hardest adjustment might be giving up some of the foods you love. It’s not always enjoyable 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 or even break your braces and may cause a delay in your treatment. An individual who is compliant with eating instructions will sail through treatment quicker than someone who isn’t!
What can you eat with braces? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat first. For the first few days or so after getting braces, you should ideally try stick to soft foods. Avoid any tough meats, hard breads, raw vegetables, hard candy and anything chewy. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to bite into a cucumber again before you know it. But one thing to remember is that you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces. The first thing you must learn to do is to cut up your food into smaller pieces and use your back teeth for chewing.
Foods to avoid with braces
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, liquorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Hard foods: nuts, hard pretzels
- Sugary food: candy
- Foods that involve biting into such as apples and carrots
Chewing or biting on hard things such as pens, pencils or fingernails can damage the braces. When a bracket (brace) becomes loose and is no longer attached to your tooth, that tooth is no longer moving. In fact, it could begin shifting back to where it started. Obviously, loose and broken braces will delay treatment, and could lead to poorer results.
Although braces have become sturdier with modern-day technology, it’s still important to be careful not to damage them. Certain foods can damage the component of braces such as the rubber bands, wires, or even the bracket itself. As a rule of thumb, avoid all foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Soft foods are mostly recommended for the brace wearers because they are gentler on braces hardware.
Recommended Foods When Wearing Braces
- Hull-less popcorn
- Fruits such as bananas, grapes, oranges, strawberries
- Light crackers or cookies
- Mashed potatoes
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Noodle dishes such as spaghetti, ravioli and macaroni and cheese
What to keep avoiding while you have braces
Be wary 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 hard and sticky foods that are known to damage the wires or bands, or cause a bracket to separate from a tooth.
Foods to entirely avoid with braces include: popcorn, nuts, ice, chewing gum, hard and chewy candy, pizza crust, bagels and other hard rolls, crunchy vegetables and fruits, hard crackers, pretzels, chips.
Furthermore, you should limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks while having braces. When sugar mixes with saliva, it creates a sticky film known as plaque which coats the teeth. Plaque creates a great environment for bacteria to grow. Brushing usually removes plaque, but with braces that becomes harder to do. And if you can’t to remove this sticky film, there’s a risk of tooth decay.
So, while the occasional sweet treat is OK, constraint yourself to only a few sugary foods and beverages a week.
The takeaway message…
Your orthodontist will discuss with you what foods to avoid. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us, our friendly dental team at Whites Dental will be happy to answer them. Unfortunately, damaging your braces 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 practice chewing without pushing your food to the side of your mouth. Pieces of food are more likely to get stuck in between 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.
If you want to know more about what you can eat or drink with braces, why don’t you give us a call to book a free consultation? You will be able to discuss what you want with our friendly dental team and identify the braces option best suited to you.
For more information on orthodontic braces, visit our orthodontics homepage – https://www.whitesdental.co.uk/orthodontist-teeth-straightening-london-waterloo/
At Whites Dental, we believe in providing the best possible orthodontic care to our braces patients. That is why we have some of London’s most experienced orthodontic practitioners working with us here in London Waterloo. This page provides information on what you can’t eat with braces.