Eating with Braces

carlangfDiet and Oral Hygiene
There are certain dietary habits that are known to cause breakage or orthodontic appliances as well as increase the risk of dental disease. Our aim is to achieve the treatment goals with as few disturbances as possible due to appliance breakage and to minimize the side effects of poor diet choices. Remember that teeth move best in a healthy environment and in individuals with excellent overall health. Be sure you have a well balanced diet.

Potential Harm to Your Teeth and Gums
Food and drinks, which your dentist has suggested may cause dental caries (cavities), should be restricted while wearing braces. Sticky food is to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. These types of food stick to braces and remain on your teeth for long periods of time.

If food or drinks high in sugar content are to be consumed, we advise having them with regular meals or at one given time of day. Please make sure that careful brushing and rinsing take place immediate afterwards. Between meal snacks should be confined to food without refined sugar and should be followed by vigorous rinsing if a toothbrush is not available.

The following food can be particularly harmful to your teeth while wearing braces:

  • Sticky food or candy of any kind (taffy, caramels, tootsie rolls, gummy bears, now & laters)
  • Hard food or candy of any kind (Jolly Ranchers, ice, beef jerky, Doritos, Fritos, Cornnuts)
  • Soda
  • Popcorn
  • Seeds in the shell (sunflower an pumpkin seeds)
  • Gum
  • Lemons (citric acid in juice can dissolve tooth enamel if eaten frequently)

Braces are attached to your teeth with an adhesive which normally will withstand wear and tear from eating. However, foods such as the ones listed above have been known to damage braces, bend or dislodge wires, and irritate the gums.

If you have any questions about dietary restrictions, please ask us!