Getting braces is a relatively normal routine. Believe it or not, it can also be quite exciting, especially if you are self-conscious about your teeth and smile. However, there are a few foods you should avoid while you have braces, so you these may be the foods you should eat before getting braces!
Eat All Your Favourite Hard Candy!
Once you have braces, you have to steer clear of hard, chewy, sticky candy as it can damage and break your braces. If you love candy, like liquorice, caramels or toffee, pick some up and savour it before going in to have your braces placed on the teeth. If you do choose to indulge in your best sweet treats before your orthodontic treatment begins, try not to overdo it and never forget to brush and floss afterwards.
Other Foods to Eat Before Getting Braces
There are other foods that also do not do well with braces as they risk popping the brackets or bending the wires. In the week before your braces appointment, go ahead and enjoy some of the treats you will need to stay away from during your treatment, such as:
- Popcorn – braces tend to catch popcorn and it can really stick
- Hard lollies and nuts – these are the number one culprits of broken braces wires
- Hard crust pizza
- Bread rolls
- Chewy foods – they can damage the brackets, too
- Crunchy vegetables and fruits such as carrots and whole apples
If you haven’t been doing so, make sure you head to your general dentists for routine checks as well as a scale and clean. Your orthodontist needs your gums and teeth to be in tip-top health before they can fit your braces.
What’s more, make sure you thoroughly brush and floss in the run up to your braces appointment so that your teeth and gums are in the best condition possible on the day the braces are put on.
Always remember to eat sugary foods in moderation!
If you are considering braces, book an appointment at Profile Orthodontics to discuss your individual treatment plan.