There are foods that can loosen, break or bend your appliance.
Avoid hard foods such as nuts and hard biscuits. Foods such as apples and carrots should be chopped into small pieces before eating to reduce the stress on your braces. Avoid sticky foods such as lollies, toffees, muesli or fruit bars. No chewing gum! No chewing ice! Habits such as nail biting, pencil chewing and picking at your appliance can also break it.
Remember that damaged braces mean extra appointments, inconvenience and extended treatment time.
If you do break your braces, be sure to make an appointment with your orthodontist immediately. Broken braces are not correcting your teeth and your treatment will take longer!
Tooth friendly diet
We are increasingly concerned about acidic foods and drinks that can damage tooth enamel when consumed frequently or when sipped over extended periods of time.
The chart below shows you how some common food and drinks stack up against one another. While many high acid foods are healthy for your body, low acid foods are better for your teeth. Remember- during orthodontic treatment, it’s best to choose low acid foods.
Low Acid Foods and Drinks
- Bananas, mangoes, melons
Carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, beets
Meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, crackers, soups, pasta
Most of us are well aware that sugary foods and drinks can lead to tooth decay. Starchy foods, such as potato chips, can also stick to teeth for long periods of time and cause tooth decay.
Fizzy drink is especially hard on teeth because it not only contains acidic flavour additives, but it also includes 10–12 teaspoons of sugar, which further increases your chance of developing cavities. Studies show that diet drinks are just as damaging as regular drinks at weakening tooth enamel.
Saliva is your body’s natural defense against tooth decay. You need to give saliva plenty of time to wash away acids that form after eating and drinking. A good rule to follow is to limit eating times each day to 3 meals and 2 snack times. You can drink plenty of water as often as you like! Be aware that bottled water may not contain fluoride.