Wearing braces can be a challenge, sometimes.  But they have the purpose of straightening up your teeth and keeping them together, so you need to watch what you eat, and you need to brush after every meal. While you wear braces, it is important to take better care of your teeth because there are factors that can increase the appearance of cavities and stains on your teeth. This means you need to be aware of the food you eat, to avoid complications.

The good news is that you do not need to worry so much about damaging the braces, but you need to be careful about hard foods that can damage it. Eating foods that are gentle is better than eating foods that are hard on the brackets and wires that hold them together. You can also cut the food into smaller pieces to make it easier for you to eat. In the beginning, you can take your time to learn what you need to change in order not to damage your braces or teeth. You can start by enjoying more soft fruits like oranges, kiwi, and grapefruits. You can try steaming the vegetables until they become soft. Dairy products including soft cheeses and yogurts, seafood, and soft breads are recommended when you have your braces on. These are just a few of the foods you can enjoy while you are wearing your braces. Don’t forget that it is better for you to not bite down on any food and instead break it down into smaller pieces.

What foods to avoid!

The foods you should avoid are the ones that are harder and dangerous for the braces. Below you will find a small list of products you should definitely avoid if you want to prevent damaing your braces.

  • Popcorn
  • Hard taco shells
  • Nuts
  • Sticky and hard candy
  • Ice
  • Gum
  • Corn chips
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Sticky or hard chocolate

Furthermore, avoid biting directly from hard foods. Break them apart into smaller pieces foods like:

·         Croutons

·         French/Italian Bread

·         Raw vegetables

·         Hard rolls

·         Fruit

·         Burgers

·         Thin crust pizza

·         Meat

·         Corn on the cob

·         Sub sandwiches

You should ask your orthodontist or dentist about tips and pointers about food. They have the best advices for you and if you will follow their recommendations you can relax and enjoy the time you wear the brace. If you do not follow the advice of the dentist or orthodontist, you can find yourself in the position you break your braces. You will need to start the whole process again, and that can be daunting and costly as well. So take care of your braces and teeth. Brush them after every meal to avoid cavities and color stains. It is better to prevent than to cure a condition.