Eating with Braces
Braces are fixed appliances and have food limitations in order to keep them from becoming loose. Loose appliances can add to your treatment length. Patients with braces need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage their new appliances.
Foods to avoid with braces:
- Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Foods you CAN eat with braces:
- Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
Loose Wires and Bands
The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using an eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain until your visit.
Take Care of Your Appliances
Damaged appliances can increase treatment length, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the appliances prescribed by your doctor, including but not limited to, rubber bands (elastics).
Playing Sports with Braces
If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and your appliance. You will need a mouth guard designed specifically for athletes with braces. The popular custom head/mold mouth guard will not work during your braces treatment.
In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.