Braces are essential to patients who want to improve on the appearance of crooked teeth. While the end result is definitely worthwhile, patients do have to make adjustments to some of their regular habits while they are in treatment.
When you wear conventional braces, certain foods can be off limits because it’s difficult to chew them with wires and brackets on your teeth.
The orthodontist recommends that you cut out foods that may do damage to the appliances, such as particularly hard, crunchy foods. Raw apples, carrots, breads with a harder crust and nuts, among others, fall into this category.
Patients with braces should also steer clear of corn on the cob because you have to bite directly into the cob, which can dislodge brackets.
Sticky foods are also forbidden for orthodontic patients. Items like licorice or caramels can get stuck in the brackets, and it’s tough to knock them loose even with a toothbrush.
Speaking of sugar, you should cut back on the sweet treats while you’re wearing braces. Although things like cakes, cookies and sweetened drinks won’t necessarily harm the appliances, it’s best to minimize the consumption of sugar because it can be more challenging to brush and floss away any sugar that remains in the mouth.
Even if you eliminate the forbidden foods from your diet, you still must be fastidious about your oral hygiene routine during orthodontic treatment. Take extra time to make sure that you’re cleaning thoroughly around the brackets, and use a floss threader to get your dental floss underneath the wire to clear plaque and tartar from the gumline.
Of course, if you prefer to avoid these dietary restrictions, Invisalign may be a better option for you. Rather than using conventional orthodontic appliances, Invisalign straightens the teeth with removable plastic trays. Because patients can take out the trays at mealtime, they can continue to eat anything they want (although it’s always a good idea to restrict sugary foods for better oral health).
Similarly, Invisalign can make the oral hygiene routine go more smoothly for patients receiving orthodontic treatment. You can brush and floss normally with this method.
Most patients will be wearing braces for at least 18 months, and some may need to be in treatment for more than two years. It’s important to know what foods you’ll need to cut from your diet, so ask your orthodontist for a complete list.
For more information, contact the office of Drs. Jay Ghosh and Trent Lofgren at 214-547-0001 today.