If you are new to braces, you may be wondering if there are any foods that you should avoid. Whether you have braces or you are advising your child during their orthodontic treatment, there are a few helpful hints to keep in mind. To keep the process as short as possible, it is important to avoid certain foods that can cause your hardware to become damaged or loose. By avoiding these foods, you will be able to have your devices off in no time and enjoy your new, beautiful smile!
Chewy Foods are a No-No
If you enjoy chewy foods and candy such as taffy, it is best to wait until your braces have been removed before you enjoy these tasty treats. The same goes for candies such as toffee, gum, and candied apples. If you are wondering whether or not a certain treat could be a potential problem, it is probably best to avoid it.
Put Popcorn On the No-Go List
If you are wearing braces, you should already know the dangers that popcorn can pose to your teeth and overall oral health. You really should completely avoid popcorn when undergoing treatment. This snack food can dislodge your brackets or loosen or break your wires, which can set your treatment back weeks or even months.
It’s never fun to say no to your favorite foods, but by avoiding the above foods while you have your braces on, you can avoid painful and frustrating interruptions to your treatment. Have more questions? Consult Dr. Brodie Bowman and his team to learn more strategies to minimize any issues that braces can sometimes cause. Contact us today to book an appointment in Fort Walton Beach or Niceville!