Generally speaking, foods to avoid with braces are anything crunchy, sticky or chewy. But there are ways around some things if you apply a modicum of common sense.
For example, hard items like whole apples or raw carrots are usually added to the list of foods not to eat with braces. But both are acceptable if cut into small pieces or cooked until tender.
It should be pointed out at this stage that we are referring to metal braces that help to straighten our teeth rather than the contraption that holds up grandad’s trousers.
Nuts are best avoided completely. But sweets are okay in small doses if you brush your teeth straight after. The problem is that wearing braces makes your teeth more susceptible to decay.
By the way, no food is off the menu with Invisalign braces – but more of that good news later.
Below we answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Can you eat chips with braces?
Certainly. Unless you are American. We have nothing against our friends from across the pond but, as the saying goes, we are two nations separated by a common language. In the USA, chips are what we call crisps.
Can you eat cereal with braces?
Crunchy breakfast cereals like cornflakes or Cheerios need moving to the back of the cupboard while eating with braces. If that thought makes you recoil in horror, you could leave them to soak in milk until they are soggy. Otherwise, switch to something like porridge or Weetabix or Shredded Wheat.
Can you eat pizza with braces?
Yes… and no. Avoid the chewy crust but the rest should be fine.
Can you eat chocolate with braces?
Sugar is dangerous when wearing a brace but the odd chocolate treat now and then shouldn’t be a problem. But it’s best to steer clear of chewy fillings like caramel.
Can you eat ice cream with braces?
Absolutely. Ice cream soothes the mouth and helps ease the discomfort and swelling you may experience in the first few days after having braces fitted.
Can you eat peanut butter with braces?
Avoid sticky or chunky peanut butter but the smooth variety won’t damage your braces.
Can you eat bread with braces?
It depends on which kind. A soft white sliced loaf is perfectly okay but a French stick is best avoided.
Can you eat steak with braces?
You need to be careful but if it’s cooked until it’s tender and cut into small pieces, steak night can remain on the calendar.
Eat what you want with Invisalign braces
If the thought of missing out on your favourite treats is too much to stomach, Invisalign teeth straightening could be your solution.
City Bridge Dental is an Invisalign orthodontist. Manufactured using 3D imaging, these clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible and comfortable to wear. And you can remove them when eating.