What Food to Avoid When Using Braces

eating with bracesIt takes a bit of time to get used to wearing braces. Having something foreign in your mouth is definitely going to feel strange at first – but within a few weeks you should be fairly accustomed to it. Unfortunately the part that will probably take you longer to get used to is the fact that when you eat you’ll find that food has a certain propensity for getting stuck in your braces.

Make no mistake, getting food stuck in your braces is tremendously annoying and undoubtedly you’ll get fed up of it pretty quickly. However apart from that there are other risks involved with certain types of food when you’re wearing braces, and not only should you be aware of those risks but you should also know what types of food to avoid.

  1. Hard and crunchy snacks

Snacks that are too hard and crunchy probably represent the biggest risk as they could actually damage your braces. Generally speaking it is inadvisable to eat snacks that are too hard on a regular basis, but when you’re using braces that risk is amplified somewhat. It would be best to steer clear of such snacks, or eat them cautiously.

  1. Sugary foods

It goes without saying that sugary foods are generally bad for your teeth – and when you’re wearing braces it’s that much worse. Apart from the normal risk of sugar generating excess acid that causes tooth decay and gum disease, there’s also the additional risk that it could damage the wires of your braces and make the brackets loose. Needless to say this will reduce (if not eliminate) the effectiveness of the braces in the first place.

  1. Sticky foods

Many sweets and other foods that tend to stick together and form clumps or balls in your mouth can wreak havoc when they start to get stuck between your braces. Not only will this increase the risk of tooth decay, but when you’re trying to clean your braces you may damage them or loosen the wires as you attempt to get the food out.

Learning to live with braces is a process, but by staying away from these types of food (or at very least consuming them on a limited basis) you should be on the right track. If possible get into the habit of cutting the food you eat into smaller pieces – especially if it’s hard or tough to begin with.

If you have any problems you could always ask a good Cardiff dentist for advice on how to deal with it. Head over to the Llanishen Dental Centre, 15 Heol Hir, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF14 5AA if you’re looking for one and area in the area.



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