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Jan
21

Braces and Eating: 4 Common Problems

Posted in Braces

There’s only one thing people usually think is worse than the look of metal braces – eating with them.

How can you deal with the irritation caused by eating with orthodontia in place?

  1. Eating Soon After Your Braces Are Adjusted

Let’s face the fact: braces have the potential to be uncomfortable.

You’ll feel better much faster if you avoid chewing too much during the first few days after getting an adjustment.

Nutritious and gentle food ideas include:

  • Pasta
  • Steamed veggies
  • Bananas
  • Smoothies
  • Soup
  • Cooked squash or sweet potato
  1. Sticky Foods Caught in Braces

Meat and doughy carbs quickly pack in between your teeth and braces. Despite your best efforts to chew carefully, you’ll find that pasta, bread, and chicken are not easy to clean out after eating.

Try using a water flosser and a powered toothbrush. These tools can make the cleanup work a breeze.

  1. Breaking Braces with Hard Foods

Crunchy snacks spell doom for braces and the last thing you want to do is spend extra time at the orthodontist’s getting them repaired. It might be annoying to avoid so many of your favorite munchies, but you’ll get your treatment over with faster this way.

  1. Sore Spots on the Inside of Your Mouth

Braces can sometimes cause painful spots from rubbing against your mouth.

Putting dental wax over the rougher edges of your braces can make for a smoother surface. Rinse with a warm saltwater solution to help sores heal faster. Avoid sour and acidic foods while healing, too.

Do your dental braces make mealtime a dreaded chore? Ask your dentist or orthodontist for more tips on how to enjoy eating as you get the most out of your treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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