Avoid These Foods to Keep Braces Safe

Protect your braces against damage by staying away from these harmful foods.

braces(2)You just finally got your braces; however, the last thing you want to do is damage or break them. While there may seem like a lot of rules for how to care for your braces, it’s important to know the dos and don’ts of wearing orthodontics so you can protect your braces from harm. One of the most important things you can do is to eat an orthodontic-friendly diet that won’t damage your braces. Your Katy orthodontist recommends avoiding these foods to keep your braces safe.

Hard foods

It might seem rather obvious, but any kind of hard food could break or pull off a wire or bracket. Therefore, it’s best to stay away from hard breads like bagels and baguettes, nuts, pizza crusts, chips, hard taco shells and even raw veggies like carrots.

Sticky foods

There are a lot of candies that will need to be removed from your diet to protect the health of your braces. This means no gum, licorice, gummy bears, jelly beans, caramels or anything that could actually get stuck in your brackets or pull them off. Plus, these sticky, sugary treats can also just as easily get stuck to your teeth, making it hard to effectively brush away. This means that you may also deal with cavities on top of damaged braces.

Tough meats

Any kind of jerky or tough foods is also off limits, as the tearing motion needed to eat these types of foods can easily break wires and brackets.

Ice

Chewing ice is probably responsible for a large portion of damage to braces. Just avoid this altogether, no matter how refreshing it might seem at the time. To prevent yourself from accidentally chewing ice, either keep it out of beverages or limit how much ice you put in your glass.

While removing some of these foods can be hard, it will be worth it once you are able to finally remove your braces to reveal a straighter smile. In the meantime, you can enjoy these foods while wearing your braces:

  • Dairy
  • Soft breads (sure, hard taco shells and bagels aren’t good for your braces, but there is nothing wrong with soft taco shells or muffins!)
  • Grains
  • Soft, cooked meats
  • Seafood
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Soft fruits (e.g. bananas or applesauce)

Besides sticking to a diet that’s safe on your braces, you need to see your Katy dentist every couple of weeks to make sure your braces are performing as they should and that your smile looks healthy. If it’s time to schedule your upcoming orthodontic appointment contact Dr. Michael DeLaura at DeLaura Dental.