What Foods Should I Avoid with Metal Braces?

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    What Foods Should I Avoid with Metal Braces?

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    What Foods Should I Avoid With Metal Braces

    If you’ve ever felt self-conscious of crooked teeth, request an appointment with our dentist orthodontist. Dr. Adam Piotrowski offers both Invisalign® and traditional metal braces to help patients straighten teeth. Both types of orthodontic treatment have their pros and cons. For example, you are able to eat whatever you want with Invisalign braces. Yet, if you need traditional metal braces, you’ll need to be careful of what you eat. Continue reading to learn what foods you should avoid with metal braces.

    What Can I Eat with Braces on the First Day?

    When you first get your dental braces, you may not want to eat food that requires a lot of chewing. This is normal. When you first get braces, you’ll feel pressure on your teeth that’ll go away after a few days. The good news is that once you get used to wearing teeth braces, the pain won’t be as bad when you return to our office for adjustments.

    During this period, it may help to eat soft foods. We recommend soups, yogurts, shakes, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and other soft foods. Once the pain subsides, continue staying away from foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew.

    Patients are often concerned about being able to eat:

    • Pizza
    • French Fries
    • Chips
    • Bread
    • Steak
    • Chicken
    • Salad
    • Chocolate

    Can I Eat __________ With Braces?

    • Pizza

    Eat thin-crust pizza. Thick crust can be difficult to chew while wearing dental braces. If you have no control over what pizza is ordered, eat the pizza, but leave the thick crust behind.

    • French Fries

    As long as they aren’t burnt to a blackened crisp, french fries should be safe for your traditional metal braces.

    • Chips

    Most chips are fine, but use your best judgement. Ripple potato chips tend to be harder to chew.

    • Bread

    Stay away from croutons, french bread, hard rolls, and other breads that are difficult to chew. Soft breads are fine.

    • Steak and Chicken

    Since meat can be stringy, it’s easy to get little pieces stuck between teeth. We recommend cutting meat into bite-sized pieces. If possible, choose meats that are lean and tender.

    • Salad

    Salads are just fine with dental braces. Just skip the croutons!

    • Chocolate

    Chocolate is safe to eat with braces. Yet, you may want to limit how much chocolate and other sweets you eat during orthodontic treatment. Cavities and gum disease are caused by plaque, an invisible film of bacteria that loves sugar. When sugar is left behind, plaque uses it to produce cavity-causing acid.

    Hopefully by now, you’ve recognized a pattern. You should avoid foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew during orthodontic treatment. The last thing you want is to pull off a bracket by accident because you thought you’d take your chances with a piece of taffy.

    Ask Us About Invisalign Braces

    Since Invisalign braces are removable, you’ll be able to continue eating whatever you want during orthodontic treatment. Just make sure you brush your teeth after you eat so you don’t stain your clear aligners. Being able to eat an unrestricted diet is one reason patients choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces.

    Keep in mind that not all our patients are candidates for Invisalign. To be a candidate you must be a teenager or adult who has the willpower to wear aligners. Otherwise, the temptation will be too great to remove your new pair of Invisalign braces when they hurt during the first few days. Teens and adults are usually motivated enough to work past the temporary discomfort to achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted.

    Dr. Piotrowski is an Invisalign dentist in Grand Rapids, MI who also offers traditional metal braces, FAST BRACES®, and Six Month Smiles®. To request an appointment, call Precision Family Dental at (616) 207-1280.