Eating with Braces
So what can and can’t you eat with braces? If you stick by the general rule of avoiding super crunchy foods and sticky chewy foods, your braces treatment will be a piece of cake. If you don’t live by this rule, this could mean damaged braces and wires, which can lengthen your treatment.
Foods to Avoid
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, Tootsie Rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Hard foods: nuts, candy
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots (OK if you cut into smal pieces)
- And don’t chew on hard things. Pens, pencils, and erasers can wreck havok on your appliances.
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When you get your braces on, you may feel some soreness in your mouth and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash, or by taking the same medicine you would if you had a headache.
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.