FOODS TO AVOID:
Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive, but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well-balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.
Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly after meals.
The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat:
- Beef jerky
- Hard or sticky candy
- Corn chips
- Crisp taco shells
- Whole apples
- Soft drinks
- Candy bars
Eating restricted foods may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately extend the length of treatment. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific questions about food choices should be directed to Dr. Hymas and the team at Mesa Orthodontics.