What can you eat with a brace – and what should you avoid?

Getting a brace means you’re well on your way to the smile you’ve always wanted. But first, there are some ground rules that you need to follow when eating and drinking to make sure you get the best possible results. Some foods and snacks can get stuck in your brace and possibly damage it. Don’t worry, they’re easy to remember, just follow our guidelines below. 

THE GOOD GUYS…

Soft fruit and veg

While it’s always good to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, you’ll need to cut up hard, crunchy things such as apples or carrots into small pieces, or else grate them first. Soft fruits are fine, but try to avoid things with lots of little seeds, as they can get stuck in your brace. 

Pasta

Anything soft is always a winner, and pasta is easy to eat and gentle on the gums. 

Yoghurt

Gently cooling, yoghurt is soothing and nutritious. Choose a low-sugar or natural yoghurt to be kinder to your teeth. 

AND THE BAD…

Popcorn
Toffee and hard sweets
Nuts
Chewing gum

All of the above run the risk of getting bits stuck in your brace or dislodging the wires. What’s more, sugary foods create plaque, which can damage your teeth. You can remove this with regular brushing, but it’s harder when you’re wearing a brace. 

Toffees and sticky sweets will cling to your teeth, meaning the sugar stays in contact with your teeth for longer. The amount of time you spend eating sweets also matters – it’s worse to eat a few sweets throughout the day than to eat one bar of chocolate. 

Eating sugary foods can also cause increase the chance of white or brown marks on your teeth. Avoiding sweet treats or limiting your consumption is the best way to ensure you’re doing your very best for your teeth. 

Foods for the first few days

When you first get your brace fitted, it’s best to steer clear of certain foods for the first few days, and they can irritate your mouth or make it feel more sensitive. These include citrus fruits (they can make your mouth sting), ice cream (too cold!), crusty bread (a bit sharp), chewy meats (a bit tough) and spicy foods.  

Watch out!

Sometimes, wires can come loose or break if you eat sticky or hard foods, or if you have an injury to your mouth. If you do damage your brace, don’t worry – just give us a call and we’ll get you in as soon as possible to sort it out. 

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