When you first get braces, you may be disappointed to hear that your diet has to change as well. But don’t fear! There are only some things you have to cut out, and there are still ways to enjoy some of your favorite foods.
The first few days wearing braces may be the most restrictive. During this time, the adhesive is still curing, which means you will need to consume only soft foods. This probably will not be a problem, however, as your teeth may be tender or sensitive while adjusting to the appliances. Foods like pudding, soups, Jello, yogurt, and smoothies will be easy on your sore mouth and the braces.
There are some foods that can damage braces and cause them to come loose. Therefore, they should be avoided. These include
Chewy foods like taffy, chewing gum, and beef jerky
Hard foods like peanuts, ice chips, and hard candy
Crunchy foods like apples, chips, and carrots.
There are still ways to modify some of these foods and enjoy them just like you did before you had braces! Cut up apples into small pieces so they are easier to eat. Steam carrots so they are soft and less crunchy. Dip hard cookies in milk to soften them. And if you must eat hard candy or lollipops, do not bite into them.
The last thing you want is to pay for an expensive orthodontia repair, or to delay your treatment. Avoiding or modifying these foods is the best way to stay on track.