What Not to Eat with Braces

The braces installed at the office of Ricci Orthodontics were designed to slowly realign your teeth, with periodic adjustments. Each time you visit [practice_name] to have your braces tightened, your teeth are moved one small step closer to their ideal alignment. While your braces were designed to be very durable, there are still certain foods that are worth avoiding. After all, if you damage your braces, or some other element pulls loose, it can alter the tension and increase the amount of time it takes to realign your teeth properly. For this reason, it’s crucial to learn what not to eat with braces before you leave our office so you can care for your new hardware. Learning about foods not to eat with braces will save you time and money throughout the process. 

What Not to Eat with Braces

One of the most frequent braces FAQ is what you can and cannot eat while wearing the hardware. Patients want to eat the right thing to ensure damage doesn’t occur to their braces, stalling the process.

On your first few days of wearing your new braces, it’s important to stick with softer foods. Your teeth will be sore from the brackets and wires, so avoid hard or tough foods. Broths, gelatins, and puddings are ideal to help you feel comfortable with your braces. After a few days, you can return to your normal eating habits. However, you should still know what not to eat even after your teeth feel normal.

Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can generate significant suction that can compromise the dental adhesive which holds brackets to your teeth. It may also bend wires or pull spacers loose from their intended positions.

Biting down on hard foods or crunching on ice can also create damage to your braces hardware. The concentrated pressure that occurs when you bite down can bend wires, knock brackets loose or even break off bands. Other habits to avoid include nibbling on foreign objects or improvising your teeth as tools.

Maintaining Your Braces with Ricci Orthodontics

Are you ready to learn about braces for teens to give your child their best smile possible? Are you wondering about the cost of braces Johns Creek orthodontists provide? Ricci Orthodontics can help. We’re here to help you through the entire process of braces. We place a significant focus on patient education. Our team wants our patients to know everything they need to make the best decisions for their care.

If you’ve had braces installed at [practice_name]’s [city], [state] orthodontic clinic and have questions about how to properly maintain them, you can always call 678-932-0308 to ask a question of Dr. [dr_fullname] or our helpful staff.

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