First Days of Braces
After starting orthodontic treatment, you may experience tenderness for a few days. We recommend a soft food diet, for example:
|Pancakes||Mac & Cheese|
|Cream of Wheat||Applesauce|
|Cottage Cheese||Canned Fruit|
Foods to Avoid
A well balanced diet that minimizes sweets and sugared beverages is important. Hard, sticky, and/or crunchy foods should not be eaten to avoid damaging your braces.
Hard Foods like:
|Nuts||Hard Pizza crust|
|Peanut brittle||Granola Bars|
|Corn chips||Hard candy|
|Tortilla Chips||Hard Crusted Rolls|
Hard foods may damage your braces by bending your wires and/or loosening your brackets/bands.
Sticky Foods like:
|Beef Jerky||Tootsie Rolls/Pops|
|Fruit Roll-Ups||ABSOLUTELY No Gum!|
Sticky foods damage your braces by bending wires and pulling brackets/bands loose.
Cut These Foods Into Small Bite-Sized Pieces
Chicken or ribs: DO NOT BITE INTO THE MEAT . . . take it off the bone.
Corn-on-the-cob: DO NOT BITE INTO THE CORN COB . . . cut it off the cob.
DO NOT BITE: T-shirts, blankets, objects such as: pens, pencils, crayons, fingernails, and water bottles.
NO SODA OR CARBONATED BEVERAGES!
The carbonation will dissolve the cement attaching the braces to your teeth and cause PERMANENT WHITE SPOTS on your teeth.