To recap part one of this two-part series, we spent the vast majority of our previous blog addressing which foods to avoid while wearing braces. Excluding hard and chewy candy, there weren’t too many types of food that have to be categorically avoided altogether.
While we’d encourage you to go back and read part one in its entirety, here are a few kinds of food you should avoid altogether or diminish greatly once your trusted orthodontist (at Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics) adorns your teeth with braces:
- Corn chips
- Some crackers
- Hard chocolate
- Sticky chocolate
- Hard taco shells
- Hard rolls
- Beef jerky
- French or Italian bread
- Thin crust pizza
- Corn on the cob
- Gummy candy
- Raw vegetables
There are others, but we are doing our best to keep this recap brief. For the remainder of part-two, we’ll be offering up a few ideas regarding which foods you should eat while wearing braces. And, while everyone’s oral health is unique to them, so you should by no means take our general advice as a specific command. Be sure to talk to your personal orthodontist if you have any questions at all.
Foods You Can Eat With Braces
Fruits are an indispensable part of the human diet, regardless of if you have braces. However, wearing braces presents a particular problem for those who want to get their daily intake of fresh fruit. Seeds can get tangled, hard fruit can cause bands or brackets to bend or break, and so on.
This is why it’s crucial to make sure the fruit you intend to eat it ripe and sufficiently supple for your mouth’s tender (yet temporary) condition. We’d recommend cutting any hard fruit you eat into smaller pieces before consuming them. Likewise, investing in a blender is far from the worst idea in the world. Incorporating the odd (or regular) smoothie into your diet will result in improved nutrition, with less to worry about on the braces front!
Ultimately, eating softer fruits like raspberries, blueberries, and other similar fruits will leave you in good stead.
Just like fruit, grains are a pillar of our diet, as they offer a plethora of necessary nutrients, such as iron and fiber.
Here is some good news: most of the time, getting your fair share of grains is fairly easy to do for braces-wearing folk. This is because it’s relatively easy to chew grain products. They are usually soft, but there are a few exceptions to be mindful of. Bagels, as delicious as they are, tend to be chewy and hard if they are store-bought. If your heart is set on a bagel (or a different kind of hard bread, such as Italian garlic bread, make sure you heat it up so that it is sufficiently soft. If it remains too difficult to eat comfortably, consider breaking it into bite-sized pieces.
A word of warning — unground whole grains, as healthy as they are, prove to be a significant challenge for braces-wearing individuals. They easily become stuck in the teeth between brackets and attachments, which is the main reason we advise you avoid small seeds and grains altogether.
Like grains, meats are a source of essential nutrition — namely iron and protein. Of course, eating meat is far from the only way to get the necessary amounts of protein and iron, but that is a conversation for a different time and space.
As it relates to orthodontic treatment and oral health, consuming meat is often difficult for those in braces because meat is full of fiber, making it difficult to chew. As most of us know, meat can get lodged in between teeth quite easily, even if we aren’t wearing braces. Because dental health is delicate for folks wearing braces, it’s important to be selective regarding the kind of meat you eat. Tough meats are difficult to chew and leave bits and pieces behind. This can easily result in the loosening of bands which wrap around the molars.
Obviously, this is not a good thing. And it’s exactly why we recommend going with more lean and tender meat cuts. Make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew (quite literally). Don’t be averse to cutting your bites up into small pieces. We recommend going with pork, lean beef, fish, or chicken. Avoid beef jerky and steak, if you can!
Dairy products are filled with calcium, and calcium helps build strong bones and teeth (hey, just because you’ve heard it in cereal commercials since the 90s, doesn’t make it untrue!). Not only are dairy products rich in calcium, but they also give us good amounts of protein, vitamin D, and potassium.
Braces-wearers who aren’t vegan should be thrilled by this information due to the fact that dairy products are easily chewable and leave very little in terms of bits and pieces behind. We recommend low-fat cheeses, milk, and yogurt. If you are lactose intolerant, there are plenty of soy-based options out there which will provide a similar array of nutrition.
A word of caution when eating soft cheese: don’t take bites that are too big! In fact, be conservative with your bite sizes. That way, you’ll reduce your chances of getting pieces of cheese stuck in your brackets or between your teeth.
Vegetables are as important part of a well-balanced diet as any other food group. But just like other food groups we’ve listed above, those wearing braces will probably need to alter their approach to eating vegetables.
Namely, raw, hard vegetables prove very difficult to eat. For one thing, they are difficult to bite into. And for another, eating raw vegetables often leads to bits and pieces getting left behind in the crevices of the mouth (between your teeth, in your braces).
This is why we advise people to cook their veggies when it’s possible to do so. Not only will this soften your food, but cooking your veggies in some stock gives them more flavor. If you are having trouble motivating your little ones (or yourself) to get your daily intake of veggies, throw in a bit of beef stock into the boiling carrots or broccoli! You can thank us later!
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Well, that just about covers it on the food front. Once again, these are general guidelines that can be applied for most individuals, but we wouldn’t want you to think of these as complete and total truth.
If you have any questions regarding nutrition, oral care while wearing braces, or other issues related to orthodontic services, we at Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have! We offer a wealth of experience and expertise, and our practice is founded on patient-centered care. If you are looking for an orthodontist who takes the time to get to know you and your unique needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’ve been providing handmade smiles since 1973, and we have two locations in Georgia — one in Augusta and one in Thomson.
Schedule your appointment with Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics today and get the orthodontic treatment you deserve! We’d love to hear from you.