Braces have become a rite of passage for adolescents around the globe. However, wearing braces comes with a set of hygiene rules which includes changes to most patients’ diets. Finding a balance of tasty foods which follow these new rules is often difficult. With help from your Mississauga, ON dentist, you can straighten your teeth and stay healthy with nutritious, delicious foods with no harm to your orthodontic appliances.
What foods should I avoid while wearing braces?
While braces are made to be durable during treatment, they can become damaged by certain foods. This causes complications to treatment and makes emergency visits to your dentist necessary. Dentists recommend avoiding foods like these while wearing braces:
- hard foods
- sticky or hard candy
- sugary foods in general
- chewing ice
- hard crackers or biscuits
- hard breads
- chewing gum
Good Foods for Braces
Avoiding these foods may sound hard to do, but there are plenty of great meals which can replace these damage-causing snacks.
- Breakfast: Smoothies are a great, healthy option for anyone’s breakfast. Those with braces find smoothies particularly appealing since they do not include any hard or crunchy parts and are easy to eat on the go. Soft fruits like bananas or oranges and yogurt also make for a delicious and healthy breakfast. Eggs and biscuits or croissants are a healthy, hearty option for breakfast.
- Lunch: Soft bread, meats and cheeses are great options for those wearing braces. This means a turkey or ham and cheese sandwich for lunch fills you up and keeps your braces from breaking. Tortillas are also good for braces wearers, meaning you can eat an avocado and shredded chicken wrap or soft taco for lunch.
- Dinner: Seafood and easy-to-chew meats like shredded chicken or meatballs make choosing an option for dinner easy. Pasta or other noodle-based dishes are also a good choice. Steamed vegetables are soft enough to chew easily and provide a nutritious side dish. For dessert, ice cream, frozen yogurt, jello or pudding are safe for braces.
Brushing and flossing after each meal ensures your teeth stay decay-free and allows your dentist to stick with their orthodontic treatment plan without complications such as cavities or gum disease.
For more information on braces and the best foods to eat during treatment, contact your dentist at Mississauga Dental Arts in Mississauga, ON. Call (905) 286-1569 to speak with an associate today!