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11 Foods to Avoid When You Just Got Braces
January 22, 2018  |  blog, Dental Health

11 Foods to Avoid When You Just Got Braces

Braces can give an excruciating feeling at the beginning. However, the pain goes away after some days. You should avoid some certain foods to avoid aggravating the soreness of your month and damaging your braces. Generally, sticky and hard foods are the foods to avoid with braces, since they involve biting, crunching, munching and chewing.

Knowing what to eat can asset you attune to your new braces with ease. These foods can cause you more pains and cost you your braces.

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  • Popcorn

This is the first food to avoid with braces, especially when you just got it. First, chewing it with the soreness is painful, plus popcorn kernels can easily get stuck in your teeth or braces. This can last a long time causing unbearable pain, swelling of the gum, and the eventual removal of braces. Not something you want to put yourself through I bet you.

  • Ice

Ice is not food, but a lot of people like to chew. It is not good for the teeth, though the coolness can soothe the soreness in the mouth after getting braces. The best way to savour it is to put it in drinks or suck on it, but don’t bite or chew.

  • Nuts

Nuts are one of the things we love to snack on; however, they are bad for braces. Nuts like cashews, almonds, walnuts, and peanuts are hard and really challenging to eat with braces. Biting a hard nut can damage your braces.

  • Apples and crunchy fruits

Fruits like unripe pears, guava etc are healthy but require biting with the front teeth with a lot of pressure and this can hurt. A way to eliminate these fruits from the list of foods to avoid with braces is to cut it into bits or to soften them by steaming.

  • Uncooked veggies

Veggies like carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and celery cannot be eaten raw with braces. Cut into bits and steam to soften.

  • Sticky and hard candies

These are surprisingly the most craved things after getting braces, especially if you have sweet tooth. Candies can get stuck in your teeth or braces and the chewing increases pain and discomfort. If you must have candies, suck on it till it melts.

  • Gooey and hard chocolates

Chocolates can get stuck in your teeth or braces. The force required to eat hard chocolates makes the process hurtful and of course, it can damage your braces.

  • Caramel

Caramel is sticky and sticky is bad for braces. When it gets stuck, you will need to brush or floss and that is a painful process.

  • Sugary gum

This is bad for the teeth even without braces. If you still decide to chew, remember it will get stuck and removing it is extremely painful.

  • Chips and pretzels

This crunchy party snack is on the list of foods to avoid with braces. Their sharp edges and the crunching can a lot of harm to your teeth and braces.

  • Tough meat

Meat like poorly cooked beef and pork, including snacks like beef jerky should be avoided. Chewing hard meat can be tough on your teeth and can get stuck in your braces.

Wearing braces is painful and hard, even if you are an adult or a kid. Nonetheless, safeguarding your teeth and consuming the right types of foods can have a significant effect down the road. It takes only one bad bite to head back to the Orthodontists.