Braces And Food Restrictions: What First-Timers Need To Know

9 March 2017
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


Everyone wants to make a good first impression, whether it is on an interview, a date, or something else entirely. So, if you have crooked teeth, you may feel like you won't make a solid first impression. In order to straighten your teeth to have a first-rate smile, you will need to undergo orthodontic treatment and get braces. When you do this, there will be restrictions in regards to the foods that you eat (and don't eat). Read on to learn more about this.

Why Must There Be Food Restrictions?

In order to have a positive experience and outcome, you will need to ensure that you follow your orthodontist's rules. This includes eating what your orthodontist says and avoiding the foods that he or she says to avoid. After all, the rules are there for a reason and the reason is simple: there are particular foods that are more likely to get stuck in your braces (just like your teeth). If these foods were to get stuck in your braces and you possibly not realize it, the food would stay there and allow bacteria to grow and thrive. Then, the enamel on your teeth would weaken and a cavity could potentially begin to form.

What Are Some Foods That Should Be Avoided?

As mentioned, there are certain foods that you should avoid while you are undergoing your orthodontic treatment. This isn't to be mean, but it is for your own good and to ensure that your orthodontic treatment goes smoothly and without a hitch. After all, you want a beautiful, straight smile at the end of all this. So, one type of food that you need to avoid is candy, particularly the variety that is sticky and chewy, such as taffy. This type of candy can get stuck in all the nooks and crannies in your mouth that the braces create, such as around the wires and brackets. Another type of food is popcorn. The shells of the kernel can get stuck in your gums, which is bad enough, but it can also get stuck around the brackets of your braces and is hard to get out. 

What Foods Should Be Consumed Following Adjustments?

Every so often, you will go into your orthodontist's office to undergo your orthodontic treatment. This will consist of regular adjustments of your braces. These adjustments can sometimes leave your mouth feeling a little tender and sore. As a result, you may want to only try eating soft foods for a few days. Some of the best soft foods that work well with your braces include yogurt, soup, oatmeal, grits, applesauce, gelatin, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and (saving the best for last) milkshakes. 

For more information on braces and food restrictions, consult with an orthodontist, like one from Night & Day Dental