Taking care of your braces is a very important part of dental health. A happy, healthy smile is important in more ways than you may know. It takes a little more time and effort to brush and floss effectively with braces on, but it’s still essential to clean your teeth after every meal. Although having braces is temporary, it is necessary to eat the right foods, and stay away from others that will effect your future smiling outcome. Here is a list of what you can eat and what you should stay away from during your relationship with your braces.
Say yes to these foods with a tasty "soft side."
- Soft fruits: kiwi, grapes, and oranges
- Veggies: boil, bake or steam a variety of vegetables.
- Dairy: yogurt, cheese, ice cream, milk, smoothies
- Soft Meats: tender turkey, chicken, seafood, ground beef
- Soft Grains: cooked rice, pasta, pierogies, quinoa
- Desserts: applesauce, pudding, smoothies, ice cream
- Beans: black, white, red or chickpeas, hummus, tofu
- Soft Breads: white, wheat, rye, biscuits, muffins, pancakes
- Eggs: any style, scrambled, poached, boiled, over easy
- Potatoes: mashed, whipped, baked, boiled, roasted,
- Soups: any broth based soup with soft ingredients
Say no to these foods with a hard side because it only takes one incident to damage your braces.
- Hard Foods: raw fruits and veggies, pizza, nuts, popcorn, hard breads, taco shells, etc.
- Tough Meats: beef jerky, steaks, pork chops, ham
- Sticky Foods: hard tack candy, licorice, mints, gummy candies, chewing gum, highly sugared candy
- Ice: cubes or crushed
- Granola: granola bars, party mix
- Nonfoods: pencils, pens, fingernails, and other nonfoods
Stick to a healthy food plan while paying attention to what you put into your mouth, along with brushing and flossing daily to keep your straightening teeth on the right track to a beautiful healthy forever smile.
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