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Foods to Avoid

Foods to Avoid During Orthodontic Treatment: A Guide for a Healthy Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet is essential during orthodontic treatment to support the success of your braces. While braces allow you to enjoy most foods, certain types of foods can pose challenges and potentially cause damage. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with valuable information on the foods to avoid, helping you make informed choices to protect your braces and optimize your treatment outcomes.

A woman with braces and a lollipop in her mouth, navigating the challenge of hard foods and handling them with care.

Hard Foods: Handle with Care

Hard foods can exert excessive pressure on your braces, leading to brackets becoming loose or wires bending. To avoid any complications, it is best to steer clear of the following hard foods:

  • A bunch of carrots that can put stress on your braces.

    Raw Carrots

    The firm texture of raw carrots can put stress on your braces and increase the risk of damage.

  • Hard nuts in a bowl can cause brackets to come loose or wires to bend, hindering the progress of your treatment.

    Nuts

    Hard nuts can cause brackets to come loose or wires to bend, hindering the progress of your treatment.

  • A bunch of candy in a bag, posing a risk of bracket or wire damage requiring additional visits for repairs.

    Hard Candies

    The rigid nature of hard candies can potentially break brackets or wires, requiring additional visits for repairs.

  • A person pouring ice into a glass, risking compromising the effectiveness of your treatment.

    Ice

    Chewing on ice cubes can cause brackets to detach or wires to bend, compromising the effectiveness of your treatment.

  • A close-up of a sesame seed baguette which places unnecessary strain on your braces, affecting their stability.

    Pizza Crust and Bagels

    These dense and chewy foods can place unnecessary strain on your braces, affecting their stability.

A girl is holding a pink candy in her mouth, avoiding chewy and sticky foods to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent damage to her braces.

Chewy and Sticky Foods: A Sticky Situation

Chewy and sticky foods can easily become lodged in between brackets and wires, making them difficult to remove and increasing the risk of oral health issues. To maintain good oral hygiene and prevent damage to your braces, avoid the following:

  • Sticky licorice on a wooden table that can adhere to your braces and create a breeding ground for plaque.

    Licorice

    The sticky texture of licorice can adhere to your braces and create a breeding ground for plaque.

  • A wooden cutting board with various fruit leather which can stick to your braces and increase the chances of dental decay.

    Fruit Leather

    Similar to licorice, fruit leather can stick to your braces and increase the chances of dental decay.

  • Three pieces of sticky gum, causing discomfort and interfering with the alignment process.

    Chewing Gum

    Sticky gum can get entangled in your braces, causing discomfort and interfering with the alignment process.

  • It is a pile of colourful candy that can stick to your braces, so be careful.

    Soft Candies

    (e.g., tootsie rolls, starburst, caramels)

    These chewy treats can stick to your braces, promoting bacterial growth and tooth decay.

A man cautiously eating crunchy chips with braces on his teeth.

Crunchy Foods and Foods Requiring Biting: Proceed with Caution

Crunchy foods and foods that require biting into should be approached with caution to avoid any complications. While you don’t need to completely eliminate these foods, it is advisable to exercise care and take the following steps:

  • A bowl of popcorn on a table. The hard kernels and husks of popcorn can get trapped in your braces, leading to discomfort and potential damage.

    Popcorn

    The hard kernels and husks of popcorn can get trapped in your braces, leading to discomfort and potential damage. Opt for alternatives or enjoy popcorn by cutting it into smaller, manageable pieces.

  • A selection of bite-sized snacks and chips on a wooden table.

    Chips

    Hard and crispy chips can pose challenges for braces. To minimize risks, break them into smaller, bite-sized pieces or opt for softer alternatives.

A child wearing glasses is enjoying corn on the cob, despite the need for caution while biting into certain foods.

Foods You Need to Bite Into: Navigating with Care

Certain foods, such as apples or corn on the cob, require biting into. While it’s important to exercise caution, you can still enjoy these foods with a few modifications:

  • A pile of red apples, encouraging you to slice apples into smaller, bite-sized pieces to reduce the pressure on your braces while still enjoying their nutritional benefits.

    Apples

    Slice apples into smaller, bite-sized pieces to reduce the pressure on your braces while still enjoying their nutritional benefits.

  • A close up of corn on the cob, with the option to remove kernels for easier consumption.

    Corn on the Cob

    Instead of biting directly into the cob, consider removing the kernels and enjoying them with a fork or cutting them off the cob.

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