The Impact of Orthodontic Appliances on Eating

Getting braces requires a lot of lifestyle changes, including dietary changes. Because of the brackets and wires, it can be hard to eat with braces. And while you can enjoy most foods, there are certain ones that are off-limits. But what can and can’t you eat with a braces diet? At Tilghman Orthodontics, we have an eating guide to help you daily when picking food choices. Many of our patients can struggle to assimilate to braces, but our doctors and staff are here to help! Find out how orthodontic treatment can impact and change your eating habits.

Why Should I Be Careful When Eating with Orthodontic Appliances?

Whether you have traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign, or lingual braces, they all can change your eating habits. If you do have bonded braces, it can be more tricky to eat and drink. Because they are attached to your teeth with an adhesive, you do have to be careful to no dislodge, bend, or break them while eating certain foods. If your braces do regularly become bent or loose, it can inhibit your progress and delay your treatment plan. It’s essential to regularly check your braces after eating. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our orthodontist immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

While wearing braces, foods and drinks that cause dental cavities should be restricted. Sticky and hard foods should be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. Foods/drinks high in sugar content should also be avoided and be eaten in moderation.

Foods to Avoid

  • Ice
  • Sticky foods or candy of any kind – taffy, caramels, Tootsie Rolls, Gummy Bears, and chewing gum
  • Hard foods or candy of any kind- nuts, hard candies, hard chips, popcorn
  • Foods high in sugar content- cake, candy, ice cream
  • Foods that require biting into- Corn on the cob, apples, carrots

These are just some of the foods to avoid. Overall, it’s best to stay away from foods that won’t break or loosen your braces and that can stick on and in-between teeth.

Foods That Are Recommended to Eat

  • Popcorn that doesn’t have kernels
  • Yogurt
  • Bananas, grapes, oranges, strawberries, and other fruits without pits
  • Light crackers or chips
  • Cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Ravioli, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and other noodle dishes

Overall, try to enjoy healthy, soft foods that are easy on the mouth and that are high in nutrition values.

Get Orthodontic Care Today!

If you think that you need orthodontic care, contact Tilghman Orthodontics today! Our doctors and staff offer comprehensive, customizable treatment to everyone of all ages. If you have any questions or concerns, contact our Salisbury or Berlin, MD offices. We are happy to help you decide what treatment plan is best for you and your family. Schedule a consultation today! We can’t wait to meet you!