Once you’ve gotten your braces, there will be a period of adjustment; this includes adjusting to the changes in the foods you can and can’t eat. Eating the right foods while wearing braces is essential to keep your teeth healthy and avoid damage to your braces.
At King Orthodontics, we’ve put together a list of the top fruit and vegetables you can enjoy while wearing your braces. Look for Soft Fruits for Snacks or Breakfast When it comes to eating fruit, you want to look for soft, ripe fruits that will be easy to chew and don’t require as much bite pressure to eat, such as:
Many fruits can be added to yogurt or cottage cheese for a healthy breakfast or snack. You want to avoid unripe peaches and pears, and fruits such as apples since they are harder to bite into and can cause damage to your brackets and wires. Other fruits such as raspberries and strawberries have seeds that can get stuck in your braces, so they should be avoided as well. Cooked Veggies are Key When Wearing Braces The best way to enjoy vegetables when wearing braces is to cook them. Whether you bake them, boil them, or steam them, you can lock in the vegetables’ nutrients while making them soft and easy to chew. Great vegetable options for braces include:
All these vegetables provide excellent nutrition and can be made in various ways, keeping your meals tasty and safe for your braces. It is crucial to avoid raw carrots, broccoli, or corn on the cob because they require more effort to chew and cause discomfort and damage to the wires and brackets of your braces.
Whether you have questions about the food you can and can’t eat or if you need a damaged wire or bracket repaired, you can contact King Orthodontics today to learn more!