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Eating Right While Wearing Braces
Posted on 08/18/2016
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Eating Right While Wearing Braces


Orthodontic treatment is an important investment, so you’ll want to be sure you’re taking care of your orthodontic appliances to get the best results from wearing metal or clear braces. Dr. Bebe and her orthodontic team at UC Smiles Orthodontics want you to achieve a perfect smile, so we encourage you to take care of your teeth, gums, and braces to avoid damaging your orthodontic appliances, suffering from an orthodontic emergency, and prolonging your orthodontic treatment time.

One of the ways you can care for your mouth and braces during orthodontic treatment is by maintaining a healthy diet that promotes oral health and avoiding foods that can cause damage to both your teeth and braces. As your local San Antonio orthodontist, we have put together this list of foods that shows you what is beneficial or harmful to your teeth and brackets.

Recommended Diet Habits For Braces Wearers

Your braces are not indestructible and there are many foods that can damage or loosen, break, or bend the wires and bands of your braces. There are also foods that can cause tooth decay and cavities, like starchy foods, such as potato chips, that can stick to teeth for long periods of time encouraging decay, and soda, which contains excessive amounts of sugar that can lead to the development of cavities.

Saliva is your body's natural defense against tooth decay, so you’ll need to give saliva plenty of time to wash away acids that form after you eat and drinking. It is recommended to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks to limit your teeth and braces’ exposure to potentially harmful foods.

Tooth-Friendly Foods

These foods are low in acid, therefore are better for your teeth, helping you to maintain good oral health during your orthodontic treatment.

  • Bananas and melons

  • Carrots and lettuce

  • Milk and water

  • Eggs and pasta

Less Tooth-Friendly Foods

These foods are higher in acid than the ones above and can damage tooth enamel, so it’s best to avoid consuming them too much while you’re wearing braces.

  • Cherries and pineapples

  • Tomatoes and pickles

  • Soda and fruit juice

  • BBQ sauces and salsas

Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

These foods should be avoided in order to protect the wires and brackets of your braces from damage.

  • Hard foods, such as nuts and hard cookies

  • Sticky foods, such as caramels and toffees

  • Chewing gum

  • Chewing ice

Contact Your San Antonio Braces Specialist

Damaged braces mean extra appointments and potentially prolonging your orthodontic treatment. At UC Smiles, although we love seeing all of our patients, we’d rather you have a pleasant orthodontic experience without any issues. If you have any questions about how to care for your braces or about orthodontic treatment in general, please contact our San Antonio or Universal City office, as we’d be happy to assist you. We look forward to helping you get to your best smile!