Eating With Braces: What You Need To Know

Eating With Braces: What You Need To Know

Embarking on the journey with traditional braces can make navigating the culinary world a bit daunting. Your favorite dishes may suddenly appear as obstacles to be conquered. However, fear not, as this comprehensive guide is here to provide you with the knowledge and tips you need to master the art of eating with braces.

What To Eat With Braces

When you first get your traditional braces, it's best to stick with soft foods. Think mashed potatoes, smoothies, and soups. These types of foods are gentle on your braces and won't cause discomfort. As you get used to your braces, you can slowly reintroduce harder foods into your diet. However, always remember to cut your food into small pieces to make chewing easier.

Avoid These Foods

While traditional braces open up a world of possibilities for a straighter, more confident smile, they do come with some food restrictions. Sticky foods like caramel and gum can get stuck in your braces, making them difficult to clean. Hard foods like apples or corn on the cob can damage your braces. When in doubt, remember this rule of thumb: if it's sticky, hard, or chewy, it's best to avoid it. 

Tips For Eating With Braces

Eating with traditional braces need not be cumbersome; here are some helpful tips to simplify the process. Begin by taking small bites to minimize the risk of food becoming lodged in your braces. Furthermore, it's advisable to refrain from biting into food with your front teeth; instead, employ your back teeth for chewing. Lastly, keeping a toothbrush handy is beneficial, as post-meal brushing helps maintain the cleanliness of your braces and oral hygiene.

Cleaning Your Braces After Eating

Keeping your traditional braces clean is crucial to maintaining your oral health. After eating, rinse your mouth with water to dislodge any food particles. Then, brush your teeth carefully, ensuring to clean around each bracket and wire. Flossing may be more challenging with braces, but it's still necessary. Consider using a floss threader or a water flosser to make the process easier.

Book Your Appointment Today

At DK Dental Care, we understand that getting traditional braces is a big step. That's why we're committed to providing you with the support and guidance you need every step of the way. From helping you understand what foods to eat to offering tips on cleaning your braces, we're here for you. If you're in the Hales Corners, Muskego, Franklin, Greenfield, Greendale, or New Berlin areas and considering traditional braces, give us a call at (414) 529-3253. Dr. David Keeling and our experienced team are ready to help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.

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