If you wear braces, there are a few extra precautions you need to take to prevent unnecessary pain and damage. While brackets and wires can often be repaired, it’s better to take a proactive approach and avoid foods that might cause trouble.
As a dentist who treats people of all ages, Ronald L. Rasmussen DDS of Sacramento, CA, urges all patients with braces to steer clear of the five following foods:
- Corn on the Cob: Eating corn on the cob can be a challenge even for people without braces—kernels tend to get stuck in between teeth and typically require immediate flossing. With orthodontic devices, corn on the cob can easily damage brackets and wires, so it should be avoided altogether until your braces are removed.
- Certain Fruits & Veggies: Any vegetables or fruits that are crisp or hard should be skipped or cut into small, bite-sized pieces. This includes carrots, apples, and celery.
- Ice: Many dentists advise against chewing on ice to begin with, as it is harsh enough to chip and crack teeth. Patients who wear braces are especially prone to damage.
- Popcorn: Small popcorn kernels can get lodged in between teeth, brackets, and wires, and are difficult to extract.
- Hard, Crunchy, or Sticky Foods: For the duration of your orthodontic treatment, maintain the philosophy of “when in doubt, do without.” It’s always a good idea to stay away from foods that are particularly hard, such as pretzels, pizza crusts, and croutons. Avoid gum, fruit chews, and other sticky treats as well.
Most importantly, don’t forget to maintain the same quality of dental hygiene when you have your braces on. Schedule your next cleaning at the office of Ronald L. Rasmussen DDS by calling (916) 689-1100, or visit the practice online.