Eating When You Have Braces

Your Orthodontist is a good source of what to eat and what else to do when you have braces. It pays to also educate yourself and cut up certain foods.

Eating when you have braces takes getting used to. Once you get braces, there are many rumors that float around about what you can and cannot eat. You may be under the impression that there is a big list of things you cannot eat, but it may not be factual.  Your orthodontist can tell you best. Many times, cutting things up to manageable slices will allow you to eat what you desire.

There are strategies to eating when you have braces.
There are strategies to eating when you have braces.

If you have recently gotten braces put on your teeth, you are well on your way to having a beautiful smile. However, you have to deal with having braces for a period of time before you can get those nice, straight teeth.

There are many choices for foods for people who wear braces. All you have to do is educate yourself. Here is a guide that can help you know for sure what you should and should not eat while you have braces on your teeth: One great food you can eat while you have braces is fruit. Fruit is a healthy choice for any diet. It is recommended by professionals that we eat 1 or 2 cups of fruit every day. For people who have braces, biting into certain fruits like apples can be painful. Your teeth are often sensitive, and any forceful pressure on them is unwanted.Your teeth become even more sensitive when the dentist tightens your braces.
It is necessary for your braces to be tightened, but your teeth will definitely be more sensitive after they have been tightened. If you want to eat fruits that are hard to bite into like apples, you should cut them up into smaller pieces and then eat them. This way, you can eat them using your back teeth so the experience isn’t as painful. If you don’t feel like cutting up your fruit before you eat it, try opting for softer fruits, like raspberries or blueberries. If your teeth and gums feel tender, these fruits will be soothing.

Another food group that is equally as important as fruits is vegetables. Just like fruits, it is recommended that people eat 1 or 2 cups of vegetables per day. When you have braces, biting into hard vegetables like carrots or cauliflower can be painful and even cause damage to the brackets on your braces. If you still want to eat these vegetables, you can cut them up into smaller pieces so that you can chew them with your back teeth.

Another great way to enjoy your favorite vegetables is to cook them. Cooking vegetables automatically makes them softer, which is a great thing for people who wear braces. You can boil or steam vegetables to make them softer and tastier for eating. Another very important food group is grains. Grains give us iron, fiber, and many other nutrients that are essential for our bodies. Most grain products are easy to chew for people who have braces.

However, there are some grains you should watch out for. Any grains with hard crusts, like bagels, can be difficult to bite into for people who wear braces. You can break these grains into smaller pieces so that you can chew them with your back teeth. You may think there is little you can eat as someone who wears braces. However, there are many choices for foods for people who wear braces. All you have to do is educate yourself.

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