When you have braces on your teeth, there are some key foods to avoid. Avoiding these foods and eating food properly will keep your orthodontic treatment moving quickly.
- Chewy and sticky foods. Candy, Starbursts, taffy, Tootsie Rolls, fruit snacks, etc. First off, these sticky things can pull the brackets and bands off your teeth. Teeth without bands and brackets will not move, and thus your treatment can slow down. Secondly, many of these are high in sugar content. They will get stuck in your braces and the sugar will be held right up against your teeth. Straight teeth are no good when we have scars and cavities on them.
- Gum. Many people think gum is OK with braces since most brands have sugarless options. Although sugar is not the main concern, having sticky and stringy gum stuck in your teeth can hold in other foods and also pull the braces off your teeth.
- Crunchy and hard foods. Biting into an apple or carrot is bound to knock off your brackets. Please take caution when eating hard foods by cutting them into small pieces. Even hard pizza crust and toast should be cut up or avoided. The glue we use to put your braces on is not super glue – we have to get them off someday, so we use a glue that is medium in strength. Keep this in mind when you bit into something hard.
- Hard Candy. When is the last time you were able to suck on a hard candy and never bite into it. How many licks does it take to reach the center of a TootsiePop? One, Two, Three, Crunch! And there go your braces…
Be smart and think before you eat. If it might get stuck or break your braces, its probably best to avoid it. Keeping your braces on makes orthodontics go quicker, and so you can get back to eating what you want.