Alternative Foods To Eat With Braces
HAVING BRACES IS how we can align your smile and give you a correct bite, but they can limit which foods an orthodontic patient is allowed to eat. Luckily, we’re here to offer you some braces-friendly food alternatives to your favorite items on the foods to avoid list!
Why Are Some Foods Not Ok To Eat?
The braces are doing the important work of shifting your teeth into the proper position so you can have the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve, but certain foods put too much strain on the wires and brackets, which is why they’re on the banned foods list. Foods that are hard, crunchy, or sticky such as apples, popcorn, and most gum are major problems for braces. These foods don’t just cause busted wires and brackets; they will also make brushing and flossing a hassle and sometimes lead to stains, even after your braces come off.
A Few Delicious Alternatives
- Caramel pudding instead of caramel. Sticky foods like gum and caramel should be avoided because they can get stuck in between brackets and could pull one loose if they get too stuck, but caramel pudding gets you all the great taste with none of the risky stickiness!
- Puffcorn instead of popcorn. The hulls of popcorn get stuck in our teeth even without braces, but they can be a real problem for braces when they get stuck in between the wires and between teeth. Puffcorn tastes like popcorn without the hulls! Try Cosmos Creations
- Pita bread instead of tortilla chips. Like popcorn, tortilla chips and most crunchy foods easily get stuck between brackets and wires and can potentially break a bracket loose. Pita bread is a great soft alternative that still gives you a way to use your favorite dips!
- Cut corn and apple slices. The shape of apples and corn on the cob makes it impossible to eat them with braces, but you can get around this by cutting the kernels off the cob and slicing your apples before you eat them!
- Clear drinks in place of colas and coffee. Soda and coffee puts our teeth at serious risk of developing stains around the braces brackets, and their high sugar content makes the bacteria in our mouths go wild. You can avoid the staining and tooth decay risks if you opt for clear and sugar-free beverages. There’s even clear coffee now! (But we’re not sure if it tastes any good)
Broken Bracket Or Loose Brackets? Come See Us!
Even when you’re really good about avoid these certain foods, you may still end up with a broken bracket or loose wire. When that happens, make sure to call us and schedule a quick visit to get that fixed so your braces can continue doing their job straightening your smile. Until then, why not try some apple slices dipped in caramel sauce?
Enjoy your braces-friendly healthy treats!
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.<< Back to News