Making the decision to improve your smile with teeth straightening braces has the potential to change your life. People like you who have taken that step say they have found new confidence and love to show off their smile rather than try to hide it as they did before.
Once your braces have been fitted, it’s important to do everything you can to look after them to ensure your treatment goes smoothly and so that you get the best possible results.
Eating the right foods and avoiding things that can cause problems is a vital part of looking after fixed braces. (Fixed braces use brackets attached to the teeth that are connected with wires.)
Removable braces such as Invisalign plastic aligners, meanwhile, are always taken out before eating or drinking anything other than water.
With removable braces patients can then eat any foods but they must always brush their teeth before putting the aligners back in.
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Be aware of foods to avoid with fixed braces
The brackets and wires on a fixed brace can be damaged or loosened by excessively hard, chewy or sticky foods.
With sugary foods and drinks, in particular, there is also an increased risk of things becoming trapped and plaque building up, which can cause tooth decay.
During your teeth-straightening treatment you might have to make some small adjustments to your diet but there are plenty of foods you can eat with braces.
Soft foods you can eat in the first few days with braces
In the first few days after your braces are fitted, or following adjustments made by the orthodontist, your teeth will probably feel tender.
Luckily there are lots of soft foods for braces!
During these stages it’s best to stick entirely to non-chewy meals such as soups, casseroles, pasta, mashed potatoes, omelettes, smoothies, pancakes or porridge.
You can then start to introduce other foods - as long as you follow the advice below.
10 foods to avoid with fixed braces:
- Chewing gum is not fun to try to remove from braces.
- Sticky sweets such as toffee, caramel and lollipops can pull on the braces and loosen or break them.
- Whole fruit and veg such as apples or carrots. Cut these up into small pieces first.
- Crusty breads, pizza crusts and chewy bread such as bagels.
- Hard foods such as nuts, tortilla chips, hard biscuits and ice cubes.
- Sugary, fizzy and acidic drinks including natural fruit juices. As well as causing tooth decay, these drinks could stain your braces.
- Chewy foods such as dried fruits or beef jerky.
- Popcorn. Those pesky kernels will get stuck fast!
- Corn on the cob. Remove the corn before eating.
- Bony meats such as chicken wings and spare ribs. Remove the meat and cut into small pieces instead of eating it off the bone.
Ask the experts
If you have any more questions about how to look after braces, please ask the experts.
At Metamorphosis Orthodontics, we’ve helped thousands of people to enjoy the new confidence of straight teeth - so we can help you with any questions or concerns.
An increasing number of adults are realising it’s not too late to improve their teeth, and their confidence, with orthodontic treatment.
Call our friendly, expert team on 020 3828 7116 or email email@example.com if you want to make an appointment or if you have any questions.