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 braces 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 in Pensacola and are a patient of Dr. Bowman’s you know the dangers that popcorn can pose to your teeth and overall oral health. When you are wearing braces, you really should completely avoid popcorn. This snack food can dislodge your brackets or loosen or break your wires which can set your treatment back weeks or even months. While you are wearing your braces, it’s best to find an alternative snack that won’t destroy your braces!
Chewy Breads are Best Left in the Basket
Who doesn’t love bread, especially when it is fresh out of the oven and nice and warm! We have had too many patients comes to us for an emergency appointment because of bread, with bagels being the worst culprit of them all. Excessive chewing can cause your brackets to loosen and pieces of bread are also likely to get trapped under your wires. While you are wearing your braces it is best to stick to regular bread and toast and leave the bagels in the bread basket!
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? Contact Dr. Bowman DDS to learn more strategies to minimize the discomfort that braces can sometimes cause.