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Eating Well While Wearing Braces

13 Jun 2017 | 0 Comments

When you’re in or around Wellington, FL and in need of braces or any other orthodontic treatment, we at Lunsford Orthodontics are proud to be your premier choice. We place an emphasis on top-notch orthodontic care and we’ll make sure that your treatment is always as convenient as possible. However, when you’re wearing braces, there will still need to be adjustments you’ll have to make in your daily life to accommodate this treatment, including watching what foods you eat. As your trusted Wellington, FL orthodontist, we’ll be glad to give you tips on what you should and shouldn’t eat during your braces treatment.

Eating With Braces

Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

When you’re wearing braces, it’s important that you avoid two specific categories of food because of the damage they can do. These are hard foods and sticky foods. Hard foods have the potential to break your brackets or wires. Sticky foods can tug on your braces and cause brackets or wires to loosen or even be completely pulled off. This type of breakage may prolong your treatment. Because of this, you’ll need to avoid foods like:

  • Chips

  • Nuts

  • Tacos

  • Bagels

  • Gum

  • Caramel

  • Taffy

Foods You Should Cut Back On

The foods that you should cut back on include acidic foods and sugary foods. Acidic foods attack the tooth enamel, which can cause tooth decay, while sugary foods cause bacteria in your mouth to produce more acid, leading yet again to tooth decay. While you won’t need to completely cut these foods out of your diet, it’s important that you eat them in moderation. These foods include:

  • Cookies

  • Cake

  • Candy

  • Soda

  • Fruit juices

  • Sports drinks

  • Tomatoes

  • Pickles

  • Pineapples

Braces-Friendly Foods

Having looked through all those foods, you may feel like there’s nothing left for you to eat! Thankfully though, there are a number of foods that aren’t just safe for you to eat, but they’re beneficial for your teeth as well. The foods that we strongly recommend are those that are high in calcium or fiber. Calcium will help strengthen your teeth and your jaw bones. Foods that are high in fiber require more chewing; this chewing will produce extra saliva, which can help keep your teeth clean. Examples of these foods include:

  • Milk

  • Cheese

  • Yogurt

  • Leafy greens

  • Beans

  • Broccoli

  • Berries

Contact Your Wellington, FL Orthodontist Today

 

If you’re in or around Wellington, FL and looking for braces or other orthodontic treatments, you’ve come to the right place! We encourage you to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at (561) 964-5200 to schedule an appointment with us. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about orthodontics. We look forward to hearing from you! 

 

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