Braces: To Eat Or Not To Eat?

When you’re wearing braces, you quickly discover that your diet changes in a number of ways. You eat with more caution to protect your orthodontic work and to keep food from becoming stuck. You make new choices to ensure you’re not eating something that will quickly damage your treatment. If you’re new to this, you may be looking for some quick advice to get you started and we are more than pleased to get you headed in the right direction!

Foods To Avoid

When you’re picking out the foods you will eat, we encourage you to avoid some particulars. If a food is very chewy or sticky, it can become wrapped around brackets and lead to damage, so avoid such items. If food is extraordinarily hard or tough, you might end up breaking a bracket off or causing some other type of damage to your braces. Beware of these as well!

Foods That Are Friendly

Think about the textures that won’t harm your braces. Anything that is soft, that gives way very easily as you bite into it, and that won’t place much pressure against brackets and wires is the way to go (it’s also very helpful when teeth feel a bit sore). Smoothies, yogurt, soft cheeses, scrambled eggs, applesauce, and more are examples of safe bets.

A Final Tip

You don’t need to whittle your list of acceptable foods down to practically nothing. Just remember to avoid high-danger items. For that stuff that you really want but that seems it could go either way, simply remember to cut it down or break them apart, so you’re not asking too much of your smile.

Align Your Smile With Braces

Choosing to wear braces can align your teeth for a beautiful smile that is much easier to care for in the long run, so we encourage you to come in for a consultation! We serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.