Braces help straighten teeth and make them go back to their original position. Once you have received braces, your usual eating habits ought to also change. While some foods need to be avoided completely, others can be taken but with more consideration, supervision, and preparation. Changes to your dietary routine will not only improve the efficacy of the braces but also minimize the number of trips you will have to make to the orthodontist. The best orthodontists in Dubai give the following reasons why one needs to look after their diet after getting braces;
* Protecting braces from damage
An archwire snapping or a bracket dislodging from the tooth are some of the main reasons why a change of diet is recommended after getting braces. Once this happens, these damaged dental braces will become ineffective until they are repaired or in worse cases, replaced. Braces adjustment in Dubai will be determined by the orthodontist and should you feel them becoming in any way loose, better seek medical attention. Avoiding damage to the braces will make you get rid of them faster.
* To avoid discomfort
After getting new braces adjusted, the teeth will take some time before they become fully used to the new setting. During that time, the teeth will feel sore and may hurt when you eat some types of food. Soft foods which do not require much of chewing will be very ideal in such a scenario until the teeth get into the desired position. After the teeth move back into position, you may go back into eating other brace-friendly diets.
* Reduce chances of getting stained teeth
Eating and drinking foods which contain high sugar content can stain the teeth if not well and thoroughly cleaned. After getting braces, it is hard to thoroughly get rid of all stains by brushing your teeth as doing so will only increase discomfort.
* Change how you chew food
The way food needs to be chewed after getting braces also needs to be looked at. There is a high risk associated with biting hard foods with your front teeth especially when you have braces on. Keeping off such hard foods is important during such a time. Moderately hard or braces-friendly foods such as vegetables should not be bitten off from the front teeth but should be cut into small pieces, pushed into the back teeth to be chewed.
Foods you can eat with braces on
With braces, there are a number of foods you can eat. You can actually eat almost everything as long as they are not hard, too sugary, and some other factors which shall be looked later on.
Foods which you can eat while having braces include;
- Dairy products – milk, soft cheese, yoghurt, dips, etc. are fine with braces.
- Grains – noodles, pasta, and rice
- Bread – bread cut into small pieces, soft tacos, and tortillas are safe
- Seafood – fish, oysters, salmon, and mussels are okay as long as you avoid bones and hard shells.
- Soft fruits – pineapples, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, etc.
- Sweets – this involves all sweet treats which ought to be taken in moderation and only once in a while. Such include cakes cut into small pieces, biscuits, jelly, ice cream, milkshakes, and smoothies.
5 types of food you cannot eat with braces
Dentists in Dubai always advise their patients on the type of foods they ought to avoid after getting braces. Below are 5 types of foods dentists highly recommend to their patients to avoid;
* Foods which can damage the braces
These foods can bend wires, loosen bands, and even pop the brackets hence should be completely avoided. Most of these foods are crunchy in nature and can get stuck in between braces hence causing pain. In other cases, the foods which might get stuck in between braces may bring forth unforeseen effects such as decay. Such foods include;
- Corn chips
- Crunchy tacos
- Raw carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and radishes
- Pizza crust
- Crusty bread, such as bagels
- Beef jerky
* Hard foods which need extra preparation
There are some other types of food which when taken as they are can cause damage to the braces. These foods are often hard in nature and may need a bit of softening before they are taken. They can also be cut into small pieces or undergo extra preparation before eating. Such foods which should not be taken unless with extra caution include;
- Apples and other crunchy fruit unless cut into small pieces
- Carrots and other crunchy vegetables which should also be cut into smaller pieces. For hard vegetables, you can soften them by steaming making them retain much of the nutrients. They only lose their crunch.
- Meat. Ensure the meat has been softened enough and that the bones have been removed.
- Hard cookies and biscuits should be avoided unless softened with a liquid such as milk.
* Sticky and sugary foods
With or without braces, sticky and sugary foods ought to be avoided. This is because they bring forth decay and other dental issues. People with braces are more susceptible to tooth decay than other people. This means such foods should be completely off-limits. These foods can also be eaten as they do not damage your braces.
However, you should be willing to go the extra mile to clean your teeth thoroughly after eating them. Frankly, they are just not worth it as your teeth can get damaged either way in the long run, even if you clean them right away. Either way, should you happen to consume any of the foods under this category, make sure you clean your teeth immediately after eating. Such foods include;
- Chewing gum
- Stringy meats
- Bubble gum
- Fruit roll-ups
- Gummy bears
* Foods which require front teeth to eat
Foods which will force you to use your front teeth to take a bite should be avoided completely. Biting into these foods can loosen brackets or even bend wires in other cases.
- Corn on the cob
- Chicken wings
- Whole apples
- Whole pears
- Whole pickles
* Acidic beverages
While not so much known, acidic beverages are actually very bad for your teeth especially when you have braces. Energy drinks, soft drinks – including diet soda, and strong coffee are quite hard on teeth with braces. When the braces get removed, one will notice some white spots on their teeth. This is basically because parts of the enamel had been stripped off important minerals. This further paves way for bacteria which creates cavities. Those white spots may sometimes be permanent.
Other no-food items which many people like to put into their mouths should be avoided. Children particularly have to be supervised so as not to ‘eat’ such hard substances which will eventually lead to avoidable costs of repairing or replacing the braces. Such include ice cubes, fingernails, etc.
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