Things To Avoid Eating After Having Braces Applied

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Things To Avoid Eating After Having Braces Applied

Things To Avoid Eating After Having Braces Applied

There’s no denying it.

Altering the appearance and alignment of your teeth with braces can be a time-consuming and costly exercise.

Braces and Invisalign treatments are life-changing treatments that can give you the smile you have always dreamed of.

Whether you use conventional braces for adults or braces for children, or specialist Invisalign treatments, the reality is that you will need to  to ensure the treatment works as quickly and efficiently as possible. This especially applies to the first few weeks of treatment when the highest amount of sensitivity is felt.

At HelloOrtho, we are braces specialists and Caulfield’s Invisalign experts.

Whether they opt for braces to fill gaps in teeth or for overbite, we supply reliable and effective braces for children, as well as braces for adults and other orthodontic treatments.

In this article, we’ll look at the things you need to avoid after having braces applied to your teeth or commencing Invisalign treatment.

What to avoid in the first month after commencing braces treatment

While getting braces is painless, your mouth may feel sensitive for a few days afterwards. As a result, consuming meals with a rougher texture may cause pain.

Because you’ll have to learn to chew in a new way, your orthodontist will probably advise you to eat only soft foods for the first few days.

Following your braces, you should try and stick to soft, easy to chew foods such as:

•   mashed potatoes

•   yoghurt

•   soups

•   scrambled eggs

•   seafood

•   soft fruits

•   soft cheeses

•   cooked or soft vegetables

•   moist desserts

•   pasta

Once the sensitivity to braces improve,  you’ll be able to resume your regular diet.

braces food to eat

Foods to avoid for the duration of your treatment

Depending on the type of orthodontic treatment you are receiving, there may be some foods that you want to avoid on an ongoing basis during treatment.

This is particularly true if you have conventional braces using brackets and wires.

Because braces are prone to damage, you’ll need to avoid specific foods for the duration of your treatment.

Sticky and hard foods can damage the wires or bands, causing a bracket to come loose from the tooth.

The following foods should be avoided totally while wearing braces:

•   bagels and other hard rolls

•   crunchy vegetables and fruits

•   hard crackers

•   pretzels

•   chips

•   chewing gum

•   hard candy

•   chewy candy

•   pizza crust

•   popcorn

•   nuts

•   ice

Also, while wearing braces, minimise your intake of sugary meals and beverages because when sugar and saliva combine, a sticky film (plaque) forms on the teeth.

Plaque can be removed by brushing, but with braces, this becomes more difficult. There’s also a risk of tooth decay if you can’t get rid of the sticky coating.

braces food to avoid

So, while it’s ok to have sugary food or beverages, the consumption needs to be restricted to the minimum.

Even though the above lists provide a good range of foods to consider at the start of your treatment and avoid for the duration of your orthodontic treatment, you’ll also want to ensure that you keep up good dental hygiene.

Invisalign: A more convenient option

Much of the above is particularly relevant for orthodontic treatment that involves the use of conventional braces. But if you are looking for a more flexible option that enables you to eat whatever you want, Invisalign treatment is the answer and our team of orthodontics at HelloOrtho can help you get one at competitive pricing.

Orthodontics without braces is what Invisalign treatment is all about. Instead of braces and wires, we’ll make a series of clear aligners that fit over your teeth like a second skin. You won’t have to worry about your appearance because these are meant to be practically imperceptible to the human eye.

Invisalign can be just as successful as braces for straightening teeth and treating other common disorders when used under the supervision of our experienced orthodontists.

Contact HelloOrtho – your Invisalign Caulfield experts – to learn more.

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