The list of foods to avoid while wearing braces may sound like torture, but try to think of it in a different way. Braces give you a chance to explore new foods and cuisines. Now that’s a selling point! (We can try, right?) Unfortunately, there really are foods that you can’t eat with braces.
The bonding agent we use for braces is pretty strong, but the design and materials are not invincible. Eating foods that get stuck in your braces or put too much pressure on the wires, brackets, and bands may satisfy your tummy, but it may also mean additional cost to repair your braces.
When you wear braces, you need to avoid foods that may break the parts of your braces. Examples include hard, crunchy, sticky, gooey and sugary foods. If you chew on other types of objects, such as pens, this is a great time to kick that habit.
Brushing and flossing is more challenging with braces, so you want to find foods that are both appealing and lower in sugar. We can give you some of our favorite “ortho friendly” meal ideas during your appointments.
Avoiding foods with Invisalign® is a bit different than with traditional braces, because you can remove the Invisalign® aligners as needed. Sometimes, though, this level of freedom translates into patients not wearing their clear aligners long enough each day. The goal is to enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. It’s not only good for straightening your teeth, but also for your health in general.
Knowing what foods to avoid is important when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Lineberger Orthodontics offers orthodontic treatment for the residents of Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville, and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.