So you’ve got new braces! You probably already know that there are some things to avoid while you’re on the road to having straighter, healthy teeth. Here’s a list of common foods to avoid that you may not have considered – as well as a few alternatives to try!
Hard Breads – Italian/French bread with their tough outer crusts can damage the wires and brackets of your braces. Even pizza crusts can be a culprit. Instead try: Pasta (ravioli, spaghetti, etc.) – it has the carbs you crave, but a softer texture that won’t harm your braces.
Uncooked Vegetables – You may enjoy chomping on a raw carrot with some ranch dip, but they can pop a wire or bracket off. Instead try: steamed vegetables, which are softer, still delicious, and healthy!
Hard Chocolate and Candies – That chunk of hard or sticky chocolate covered caramel may be a nightmare for your braces. Instead try: soft desserts, like pudding or ice cream.
Tough Meats – Like beef jerky or bacon. If you’re a carnivore, you probably love these, but your braces won’t feel the same way. Instead try: softer meats like tender chicken or meatloaf, pot roast, or eggs to get your protein fix.
Hard Taco Shells – That tough shell can shove into small areas you least expect. Watch out for tortilla chips, as well. Instead try: nacho-free taco salad.
Popcorn/Nuts – if you’ve got the munchies, popcorn or mixed nuts may be your go-to snack. But they can cause serious damage to both your braces and your gums if you bite down on them the wrong way. Instead try: soft crackers or cookies, or softer fruit like bananas, grapes, and applesauce.
Need more information about how to care for your braces and teeth? Consult with your dentist today.
Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
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