Once your braces are fitted, the journey to restoring your smile begins. To achieve desired results, Dr. Kacel your Northbrook dentist will recommend proper care and maintenance of both your braces and teeth. Part of the maintenance practices includes eating brace friendly food. So, let us talk about what you shouldn’t eat with your braces fitted.
Sugary food and drinks
Sugary foods and beverages can be detrimental to your oral health. They invite bacteria that eats through the enamel, causing cavities and decay. Tooth decay hinders the braces’ effectiveness in aligning the teeth, which may deter the desired results.
Whole fruits and vegetables
Some fruits and vegetables such as carrots and apples are hardy enough to break or loosen brackets. Taking wholesome bites from the hard vegetables and fruits exerts immense force on the braces. While they are healthy and recommended by your dentist Northbrook, consider cutting them into size-able portions that won’t affect the braces.
Tearing hard meat from bones can also loosen or break brackets. Instead, remove the meat from the bone and cut into small pieces that won’t interfere with the braces when chewing. You might also want to stick to tender and lean choices.
When the braces are new, the inner side of the cheeks may be subjected to painful sores from the metal wires. Luckily, they go away after a short while. Spicy foods will provoke more pain and discomfort when the braces are still new, and when the sores are present. Consider taking mild soups and soothing drinks.
Nuts and seeds
While nuts and seeds provide a rich source of minerals and vitamins, their hardness can be disadvantageous to brace wearers. Chewing on hard nuts and seeds can easily bend, loosen, or break the bands and brackets. Bent and loose wires will move teeth to undesired positions contrary to your expectations. You might consider taking nut butter in place of their hard alternatives.
Hard food items such as ice cubes, biscuits, and tortilla chips may exert immense pressure on the brackets and teeth. Chewing on hard food triggers the wrong alignment of teeth or decreased integrity of the braces. Consider eating softer foods such as steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, and pasta dishes that are easier to chew.
Are you worried about the types of food you should be eating when you have braces? Contact us today to schedule a consultation session at Steven N. Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I., at Northbrook dental and let us help you derive the best from your braces.