When your teeth straightening treatment is first started, you may experience a little pain and discomfort, as well as difficulty eating. However, you’ll be pleased to hear that, in the majority of cases, the discomfort is only temporary and will only last as little as a week whilst your mouth gets used to your braces.
We’ve complied a helpful guide outlining the dos and don’ts when it comes to eating with your braces…
What foods can I eat when I am wearing braces?
Although it may take a little time for your mouth to adapt to a new way of chewing and eating, there are a number of foods that you can still enjoy during the first few days of teeth straightening treatment.
As a general rule, you should always opt for soft foods, as these will cause minimal discomfort and pain. Here’s a list of some of the foods that you can eat:
- Vegetables: Mashed potatoes, other soft cooked vegetables, steamed spinach
- Fruits: Applesauce, bananas, apples cut into small pieces
- Grains: Pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats & Poultry: Soft cooked chicken, meatballs, meat loaf, lunch meats
- Treats: Ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake without nuts
- Dairy: Soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads: Soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Seafood: Tuna, salmon, crab cakes
What foods should I avoid during teeth straightening?
At the same time, there are lots of foods that you should avoid, particularly those foods that are prone to becoming stuck, lodged, wrapped or tangled around your brace. In the first few weeks of wearing your brace, it’s also good practice to avoid any sticky foods such as sugar free gum, skittles, caramels, toffees and jelly sweets.
Other foods that you should avoid are foods with a hard and chewy consistency such as nuts, pizza crust, ice, apples and some meats. Of course, in order to maintain a happy, healthy and eye-catching smile, you should always minimise your intake of sugary or starchy foods such as cake, pie, cookies and chocolate – even more so when you are having teeth straightening treatment!
And, it’s also important that you think about what you drink when you are wearing your braces too! For example, you should avoid beverages such as soda, sweetened tea, vitamin water and cola you consume, especially before you go to bed.
This is because these types of drinks are notorious for coating your teeth and tongue with harmful sugars and acids, especially if you have a tendency to swish your drinks around in your mouth before swallowing them.
Of course, as a general rule, after you drink any beverage containing high levels of sugar, you should also rinse your mouth with water straight after.
So, what foods are most likely to cause cavities?
In order to maintain a happy, healthy and stand out smile, it’s vital that you are aware of the types of foods, which can cause the most damage to your teeth. After all, there’s no point having teeth straightening if at the end of treatment your teeth are unhealthy, dull and damaged right?
Basically, any foods that contain sugar can contribute to tooth decay! This is because sugar attacks the enamel on your teeth causing it to dissolve. And, did you know that 90% of food contains sugars which can also lead to cavities!
There are a number of ways that you can fight cavities though including drinking water after consuming a sugary snack or meal or even snacking on calcium-rich cheese cubes.