Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial for preserving the condition of your teeth, especially during orthodontic treatment. Here are some helpful tips on foods to avoid and how to enjoy your favorites safely.

Hard Foods
Hard foods can pose a risk during orthodontic treatment as they may damage wires and brackets. It’s best to avoid them, especially after wire adjustments when teeth are most sensitive.

Tips for eating hard foods:

  1. Enjoy fruits like apples, pears, and peaches by cutting them into small, bite-sized pieces instead of biting directly into them.
  2. If you like nuts such as almonds, cashews, or peanuts, consider grinding them and adding them to cereals or yogurt.
  3. When eating chicken wings or ribs, remove the bones beforehand to prevent accidentally dislodging a bracket.
  4. When eating corn, remove the kernels from the cob to avoid damaging braces.
  5. Avoid chewing on ice; sucking on ice cubes is safer.

Sticky and Sweet Foods
Sticky and sweet foods can adhere to your teeth and braces, increasing the risk of tooth decay and bracket damage.

Tips for eating sticky and sweet foods:

  1. If you enjoy candy, try sucking on it instead of chewing. Rinse your mouth with water afterward to minimize sugar buildup.
  2. Avoid chewing gum, as it can stick to braces and may be challenging to clean, potentially causing wire and bracket loosening.

In addition to being mindful of your food choices, maintaining a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables is essential. Avoiding sugary and acidic foods like soda and candy can help prevent tooth decay and promote overall health.

For more helpful information or to schedule an appointment, contact West Mountain Dental. We’re here to provide comprehensive dental care and orthodontic services tailored to your needs.

West Mountain Dental
Phone: (719) 547-8338
141 S Purcell Blvd., Suite 120
Pueblo West, CO 81007