Do you have braces? Know what to eat and avoid

The irony of braces is that they help and hurt your pearly whites at the same time. They help correct serious alignment issues and hurt because they make it a little harder to practice your oral hygiene. According to city doctors, certain foods can damage braces components like the rubber bands, wires, or even the bracket itself. To help you do what’s best for your teeth, doctors list out foods to eat and avoid with braces on

Do you have braces? Know what to eat and avoid

If you have just gotten braces or got them tightened, it can be tough on your teeth and very painful for the first few days. So it’s important to maintain a good oral hygiene and make conscious food choices during as it’s important to be careful and not to damage them.

Mumbai based dental surgeon Jyoti Deshpande said, “If you have braces, opt for soft food and avoid hard and sticky food. Use a fluoride mouthwash as the braces placement procedure causes demineralisation. Use an interdental brush for optimal cleaning in between the braces. Consult your dentist, if the wires of your braces or wire breaks and go for regular follow-ups, after every month.”

Eat:

  • Soft food.
  • Soft cooked rice.
  • Dairy products.
  • Steamed vegetables.
  • Well-cooked meat.

Dr Prachi Sharda, a Navi Mumbai based dentist said, “It’s very important to maintain the braces after they are fitted. The major factor in the maintenance of braces is food and oral hygiene. And while playing sports one should use a mouth guard. Avoid chewing on pens or pencils or biting your nails. Eat soft foodstuffs like dairy products, bread, soft cooked rice, vegetables, fish, well-cooked meat and banana and so on.”

Avoid:

  • Hard foods: Which includes hard breads like pizza crust, hard fruits, nuts or vegetables like raw carrots. Since they require so much force to bite through, they can damage your wires and brackets.
  • Sticky foods: Like candies, chewing gum and so on.
  •  Ice: This is probably the most common culprit when it comes to damaged braces.
  • Inedibles: Many people unconsciously chew on pens or bite their fingernails, both of which can damage braces.