Eat the right food now — and get a straight, healthy smile later.

A healthy diet and good oral health go hand in hand. Food rich in vitamins and minerals can strengthen your teeth, while sugary food can damage teeth. The right diet is especially important when you wear braces with metal brackets and wires.

When you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, avoid hard, chewy, crunchy, and sticky foods. These include the following:

  • Hard or chewy breads (e.g. pizza crust, bagel)
  • Tough meats (e.g. beef, beef jerky)
  • Gooey Chocolate Bars
  • Hard Candies
  • Sticky Peanut Butter
  • Chew Candy
  • Taffy
  • Popcorn
  • Gummy bears and Jelly beans
  • Gum
  • Nuts
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Eat the following instead:

  • Soft meats (e.g. tender chicken, meat loaf, seafood, etc.)
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Soft fruits (e.g. kiwi, tangerines, melon, etc.)
  • Soft grains
  • Egg (good alternative to tough meat)

You may also eat corn, but cut it off the cob. Apples and carrots are fine as well, as long as you cut them into small pieces.

For a healthy dinner, go for soft vegetables paired with a lean protein, and follow up with a soft dessert.

As always, make sure to brush your teeth after every meal.

Effect of Eating the Wrong Food

Changing your diet may seem restrictive, but eating food you are not supposed to can lead to loose or broken wires and brackets. This will not only be painful, but can also prolong treatment.

Other types of food get into the spaces between the teeth and braces, making it harder to clean. The tiny bits could lead to tooth decay.

On Chewing Habits

Avoid those bad biting and chewing habits, too, such as biting on nails and chewing on pencils, ice cubes, pens, and straws.

For more information about the types of food to avoid during orthodontic treatment, call St. Johns Orthodontics today. You may also contact us for orthodontic emergencies.