Orthodontic patients need to make some temporary lifestyle changes, including dietary restrictions. By avoiding certain foods, you can minimize your risks of needing orthodontic repairs or developing oral health problems. Here are the foods best avoided while your teeth are being straightened.
Braces make it easier for sugar to stick around after consumption. Soda, candy, and pastries all can be problematic for this reason. Some candies, such as taffy and caramel, can also break the brackets and wires because of their stickiness.
Hard Foods and Candies
Some hard foods can break not only teeth but also brackets and wires. For example, jawbreakers and other hard candies can have this effect if you chew them. Peanuts, nuts, and unpopped popcorn kernels can also cause damage and should be avoided during treatment.
Large Chunks of Food
If a crunchy food is eaten in large pieces, the teeth may push down into tight spaced, putting the brackets at risk of breaking off. Some fresh fruits, such as apples, present this risk if eaten whole or in larger pieces. By cutting such foods into pieces that can be placed past the teeth, you can reduce the chances of damage occurring.
Failing to monitor your diet during orthodontic treatment could result in longer treatment time and higher dental costs. By taking the steps described here, you can more easily finish treatment with a smile that is as healthy as it is attractive. You can contact our dentist to learn more about dietary considerations during bite correction.
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