Tysons Corner orthodontist, Dr. Ignacio Blasi, names foods bad for braces. He identifies ways to help patients live well during orthodontic treatment.
Living with with bracket and wire braces requires some lifestyle changes. Whether you are a teen or adult with orthodontic gear, Dr. Ignacio Blasi, Tysons Corner orthodontist, recommends some dietary changes to make eating easier, to preserve your appliances and to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Foods to avoid
Dr. Ignacio places and maintains many kinds of orthodontic appliances. Eating the right kinds of foods and avoiding others remains key to living successfully and healthfully with braces.
Basically, individuals with wire and bracket braces, whether standard metal and wire, ceramic, or lingual (mounted on the tongue side of the teeth), should avoid very sticky and very hard foods. Sticky foods can fracture wires and retain residues that form harmful plaque–-the bacteria-filled biofilm responsible for tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Hard foods loosen and fracture hardware, necessitating repair at Avanti Dentistry and possible soft tissue injury inside the mouth.
Foods to be avoided include:
- ice cubes
- taffy, Starburst candies
- corn on the cob
- hard apples and pears
- peanut butter
Dr. Blasi says that the problem with these items is not just the hardness or the fibrous texture but also that the patient must bite down into the food. That biting force threatens the integrity of the braces, slowing down the treatment process.
Eating made easier
Your Tysons Corner dentist suggests some common sense approaches to eating with braces:
- Cut healthy foods, such as apples, into small pieces. You will not have to bite into the fruit and risk problems–or pain, as teeth are sensitive when under treatment.
- Concentrate on chewing with your back teeth where crushing forces are greater. You might even place pieces of food toward the back of your mouth to begin the chewing process.
- Eat slowly and deliberately so you are aware of your hardware. Nutritionists say eating slowly helps all of us enjoy of food more, digest it better and stop overeating, too!
- Eat soft, highly nutritious foods such as yogurt, soup, stew, eggs, multi-grain pancakes, spaghetti, fruit smoothies and mashed potatoes.
- Drink plenty of water to hydrate your system, and wash teeth, gums and braces clean.
- Brush and floss carefully after every meal and at bedtime.
- Use over the counter oral analgesics such as Orajel as needed to sooth sore spots.
Contact Avanti Dentistry with questions
Dr. Blasi and the rest of the professional team at Avanti Dentistry want your journey through orthodontic treatment to be as pleasant as possible. If you have any questions or concerns in between appointments, be sure to contact the office. With thoughtful care and eating habits, your braces will lead you to a straight, beautiful smile before you know it!