Getting braces can be a challenging part of our lives. They aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing, they can sometimes be uncomfortable, and possibly one of the most disrupting rules about getting braces is having to avoid certain foods. Even though most teenagers and adults understand the importance of not eating some foods, it can be hard to give them up for a while.

At Orthodontic Associates of Greeley, we are passionate about providing a level of care that goes above and beyond. It does take time for braces to straighten teeth, and during that time, we’re here to offer any support or guidance that you may need. Because braces are an investment and will have a long-lasting impact on the look and health of your teeth, it’s important to take care of them as well as you can. Here are a few of the foods that should be avoided while you have braces.

Foods to Avoid When You First Get Braces

For about a week or two after braces are first put on, it’s a good idea to avoid certain foods that can irritate the mouth. It takes some time for your gums and inner cheeks to get accustomed to braces, possibly causing some tissue to tear. When you consume certain foods, it may make this worse or prevent the tissue from healing as fast as it normally could.

  • Ice cream
  • Tough rolls or bread
  • Thick cuts of meat
  • Spicy food
  • Citrusy food

When you first get braces, you’ll want to eat soft foods that will be easier to chew and be easier on your mouth overall. Try eating mashed potatoes, yogurt, soup, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, soft fruits, and pasta.

Foods to Avoid For the Duration of the Orthodontic Process

Unfortunately, there are some foods that need to be avoided for as long as the braces are on your teeth. How long braces are needed will depend on the initial condition of your teeth, bone structure, and the timeline that your orthodontist believes is best for long-term results. If you have any questions about getting braces or how to take care of them, get in touch with Dr. Brad Edgren in Greeley.

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Ice
  • Chewing gum
  • Hard candy
  • Chewy candy
  • Hard rolls
  • Crunchy vegetables and fruits
  • Hard crackers
  • Pretzels

These foods can damage the braces hardware or even cause them to be torn off of your teeth. Hard foods like candy, chewy foods like breads, or sticky candy can get caught in the hardware or can break away pieces from the teeth. Even though it is important to eat a healthy and balanced diet, even hard vegetables like carrots can cause damage and are difficult to remove from the hardware if chunks get stuck.

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What to Do When Braces Are Damaged

If damage to your braces does occur, contact your orthodontist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If a wire falls out or one of the braces breaks away from the tooth, it’s important to get it fixed right away. If there is a sharp piece of wire that is loose, use a piece of dental wax to hold it in place until you can visit your doctor.

It’s hard giving up certain foods, but when you’re dedicated to seeing results as quickly as possible, it’s important to avoid hard or sticky foods that can cause damage. We understand how tempting it can be when your favorite snacks are on the list, but you’ll thank yourself later on when you get your braces off without any major issue.

Braces are wonderful and can offer beautiful results when used properly and taken care of. When you work with the team at Orthodontic Associates of Greeley, you can be confident that you’ll have straight teeth in no time.