Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
Most braces-wearers are well informed about what they should not eat to keep their brackets and wires securely in place. However, if you are new to having braces, or your child has just gotten braces for the first time, it’s important to understand what foods to avoid, and what foods should be encouraged to eat. Eating the “off limits” foods could damage the braces, and cost you time lost from work or school. Plus, it could slow down your orthodontic progression.
Dentists in Scotts Valley at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry have some tips for you if you are wearing braces for the first time.
Sticky and Chewy Foods
We get it, candies like Starburst and caramels are irresistible, but if you wear braces, it is best to avoid candies that are sticky and chewy. Otherwise, you could risk breaking your brackets or wires or cause them to come loose.
Sweets and Sugar
In hard or soft form and even liquid, sugar is no good for your teeth. When you consume anything containing sugar, the acid from the sugar sits on your teeth and slowly begins to penetrate your dental enamel. Too much sugar can lead to an increased risk of cavities, and even periodontal or gum disease. For a braces-wearer, sugary foods and beverages are even worse for your teeth because there are so many tiny places for the sugar to hide in and around your braces. Plus, braces make cleaning your teeth more difficult, so you are more likely to leave sugar residue behind.
If you must indulge in sweets every once in a while, be sure to rinse out your mouth afterward and wait about 30 minutes to brush your teeth to reduce your risk of cavities.
Hard or Crunchy
Consuming ice, popcorn, apples, nuts, carrots, and even corn on the cob all could risk damaging your braces. One might think that these healthier alternatives are safe, but the danger is because they are hard and crunchy. However, there are alternate ways you can enjoy some of these foods. For instance, steam your carrots before eating them. Also, cut up your apples into slices so that you can bite it easier. Cut the corn off of the cob. And, just avoid crunching on ice, it’s not good for your teeth, with or without braces.
What to eat instead
Some ideas of what you should eat may include fresh fruits and vegetables, just be sure to make modifications if anything is too crunchy. Also, lean meats and cooked beans are a good source of protein, something our bodies need! Drink lots of water, and try to limit or avoid sports drinks, juice, and soda. Sticking to a healthy diet and avoiding the bad foods will help you reach your goal of straighter teeth faster, avoid costly repairs, and ensure your teeth are looking bright and beautiful come time to remove your braces.
Orthodontics in Scotts Valley
To learn more about our orthodontic services or how to protect your teeth while wearing braces, please contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry by calling (831) 824-5111 to schedule a consultation.
Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry welcomes patients of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.