Just like some food is bad for your waistline, so too are some foods bad for your braces. These foods aren’t necessarily harmful to your teeth alone, but due to the nature of the metal brackets and wires on your teeth during orthodontic treatment, they can present a few problems.
To help you have a great experience with your braces, our team compiled this quick reference guide to help you identify good and bad foods for braces. Let’s take a quick look at the details.
One thing that you’ll hear from every dentist is to avoid anything sticky at all. Dr. Tab Boyle gives that same advice, for the simple reason that it’s really easy to either break your braces or get food stuck permanently in them. Our team in Lancaster, California, we see more broken braces due to sticky foods than you’d expect.
How could popcorn be a bad food for you when wearing braces? Well, everything else about it is safe except for the kernels. Those kernels can get lodged between teeth, or between orthodontic hardware and your teeth. If you don’t take the time to get those kernels out, you’re setting yourself up to create room for cavities to grow.
The list is obviously much longer than this, but these are good foods to start with when deciding what to avoid, and what to eat. If you need more information or need to schedule an appointment with the dental practice of Tab Boyle DDS call us today at 661-940-6350. We can’t wait to help you!