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June 9, 2016

What to eat when you first get your braces fitted?

Getting braces is a pretty common occurrence for young people and now even older adults. When you have braces fitted you may experience some soreness and tenderness in the mouth.

After getting braces you have to be careful with your choice of food so that you do not damage the braces, brackets or wiring. You have to be especially careful with what you eat immediately after you have the braces put on.

Overall, people with braces should avoid hard, chewy, crunchy, and sticky foods. Avoiding foods you like may not be fun, but eating things that you’re not supposed to eat can cause broken wires or brackets. These can not only be painful, but can actually prolong treatment.

Suggested foods:

  • Soup
  • Porridge
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Soft Ice cream
  • Mashed potato
  • Steam vegetables
  • Soft fruits such as banana

Do not eat:

  • Caramel and hard chocolate bars
  • Very sticky or chunky peanut butter
  • Hard or chewy sweets
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Gum

Be careful when eating:

  • Chewy bread such as bagels – tear into small pieces
  • Chips – eat them carefully and one at a time
  • Corn on the cob – cut off the cob
  • Apples and carrots – cut into small pieces
  • Soda and sugary drinks – avoid these whenever possible, as drinking too much can cause tooth decay

Written by the Ten Dental Team

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