Wondering what dietary restrictions there are with braces? When it comes to orthodontic treatment, dietary and food restrictions can be one of the most frustrating parts in the beginning. However, over time you will get used to your new way of eating and may even find some new foods you never realized you loved! Depending upon the type of orthodontic treatment you opt for, dietary restrictions may be different. For example, those with Invisalign can easily remove their clear aligners before each meal, allowing those patients to enjoy the same foods as before with food restrictions.
Those with brackets, wires, and bands, unfortunately, have a more restricted diet; this is because certain foods can and will damage your braces and could potentially even injure your mouth. So what should you be avoiding if you plan on starting orthodontic treatment?
Foods to Avoid with Braces
Wondering which foods to avoid with braces? When it comes to protecting your braces from damage while eating, there are some foods you should avoid with braces:
- Sticky foods such as gum, caramel, and even peanut butter can cause the wires and bands of your braces to become damaged.
- Hard foods such as apples, carrots, and other raw vegetables can also damage the wires, bands, and even brackets.
- Crunchy foods such as chips or popcorn have also been known to cause damage to orthodontic appliances.
- Tough foods such as bagels, steak and even corn on the cob can also cause damage to the wires and brackets.
If damage occurs, we suggest contacting Bernuy Orthodontic Specialist to have them easily repaired. Wax can be used to try and bend the wire to avoid any damage to the gums, teeth or lips. Still have questions regarding food or dietary restrictions with braces? Let us know!
Dr. Bernuy recommends sticking to foods that are soft and easily chewable. These may include foods such as:
- Soft Breads
- Ice Cream
- Cooked Vegetables
For certain foods that are hard or tough, cutting them into small, bite-size pieces can allow you to eat them without damaging your braces.
If you have additional questions regarding dietary restrictions or foods to avoid with braces, don’t hesitate to contact one of our orthodontic clinics in South Austin or Georgetown. You can also ask Dr. Bernuy at your next appointment!