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Braces - orthodontist's advice on what and how to eat

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Bite correction is a long-term procedure. For many, a beautiful smile is worth psychological and physical discomfort. One of the main disadvantages when wearing bracket systems is the restriction in the use of certain products. Nutrition for braces must be controlled so that solid food does not break the orthodontic apparatus, after which it will either cease to fulfill its functions or aggravate the existing pathology.

The design of the device for correcting teeth is such that the remains of some products are poorly cleaned from locks or arches, and this directly leads to damage to the enamel and the development of a carious process.

What to eat in the first days after installing braces?

Immediately after installing the braces, the sensations in the mouth are not pleasant. Because of the unusual pressure, many have painful sensations throughout the dentition: severe pain when chewing, a feeling that the teeth are swaying. To alleviate the condition, experts recommend mashed or soft food. Ideal:

  • yoghurts
  • liquid cereals
  • jelly,
  • cottage cheese,
  • vegetable and meat purees, etc.

Such food does not cause additional pain during reception and makes the process of getting used to braces more comfortable.

Solid food

Biting solid foods often causes damage to the arc of the machine. In this case, the direction of action of the elastic forces of the system changes: the dentition moves in the wrong direction.

Also, dense food can provoke the release of locks. To fix the braces to the teeth, special glue is used, which reliably, but not tightly, fixes the structure. Otherwise, you can injure your teeth when removing the device after treatment. If you apply a force greater than permissible, the bracket may come off. Visually, this will not be noticeable, however, a firm fixation with the tooth surface will disappear. With a timely visit to the orthodontist, the trouble will be some financial loss. If you do not take any steps to strengthen the bracket, the result of the apparatus will be significantly reduced: the tooth on which the lock is peeled off will cease to move with the others in the right direction, and the duration of treatment will increase significantly.

So, after installing the bracket system, you must abandon:

  • nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • crackers and dryers,
  • hard candies (caramels, lollipops), etc.

Sticky food

Food slices stuck on the teeth and elements of the apparatus look aesthetically unappealing. Food particles remaining on the braces can trigger tooth decay and gum disease. Sticky products are difficult to remove from system elements. These are the main reasons why you should refrain from products of this consistency.

If the temptation to eat something from the forbidden list has overcome common sense, you need to brush your teeth immediately after eating. This is not an easy task, requiring the use of special brushes, after eating sticky food it will become much more complicated.

Products that stick to your teeth include:

  • cheeses
  • chips,
  • dried fruits,
  • soft candies (toffee, with nougat),
  • cornflakes,
  • fresh, soft bread,
  • cereal products
  • chewing gum (it can bend a metal arc, which will disrupt the operation of the entire structure).

Products with dyes

Abstinence from products with coloring properties is especially true for aesthetic orthodontic systems. With frequent use of such food, braces will eventually lose their original color and cease to be invisible on the teeth. Plastic constructions are most susceptible to food coloring. In addition to the brackets, ligature elements are also painted. This is not critical, because they periodically have to be replaced, but nevertheless, stains from dyes do not look very attractive.

Products that are most aggressive on bracket color include:

  • Red wine,
  • Black tea,
  • coffee,
  • dark berries and drinks from them,
  • chocolate,
  • beet,

Other Bracket Prohibited Products

Do not drink carbonated drinks. They have high acidity, which negatively affects the enamel. After removing the system, stains will remain on the surface of the teeth.

When eating berries with small seeds, grains can get stuck between the elements of the system. This harms the design and does not look very aesthetically pleasing.

Chocolate bar with nuts - double ban dessert. Firstly, whole nuts are harsh and can break the arc, and secondly, chocolate, due to its stickiness, is poorly cleaned both from the teeth and from the apparatus itself.

You should forget about popcorn, because among the corn flakes there may be unprocessed hard grains, which, if neglected, will spoil the bracket system.

Food temperature

The effectiveness of the orthodontic design largely depends on the temperature of the food taken. The alternation of too cold and hot food at one time adversely affects the tooth enamel, and braces with thermoactive elements with temperature changes can change color.

Do not immediately eat foods taken out of the freezer, such as berries or ice cream. Forbidden and too hot food. Soups, broths, drinks should be comfortable for the oral temperature.

There is no consensus on the dangers of ice cream. Some orthodontists recommend eating it in the first days after installing the device to reduce pain, while others categorically prohibit it - too cold food can cause damage to the system. If it is absolutely impossible to refuse this dessert, you should eat it with a teaspoon, gradually melting in your mouth. It is important that ice cream does not contain food coloring.

For many, biting nails, the tip of a pen or pencil is a common thing. After installing the bracket system, you need to get rid of these bad habits. But to clean the braces and rinse them with special solutions after each meal should become the norm. The later the oral hygiene is carried out, the more severely the teeth will suffer. This is why a bite correction patient needs to have at least two sets of cleaning supplies. Use one at home, the other outside. A special toothbrush, brushes, single-beam brushes, flosses (special dental floss with hard tips for convenient threading under a wire arc, etc.) - such an arsenal should always be at hand.

Post-meal Bracket Cleaning Tips

If braces are equipped with removable elements (rubber bands, rods), they must be removed before the procedure. At least 10 seconds are allowed to clean each tooth. Carefully clean the arc, each bracket so that the brush bristles touch the area around the bracket. During the procedure, you can rinse your mouth several times to wash the rest of the food from the tooth gaps. Flosov will help to cope with the particles of food that remain after processing with brushes. In conclusion, rinse your mouth with a special liquid.

According to those who wear braces, the complexity of hygiene procedures teaches you to eat properly: avoid unplanned snacks and chewing on the go.

What to eat with braces

The list of prohibited products is wide, but special restrictions apply only to the period of addiction. Do not worry that the diet will suffer greatly. Over time, it can be expanded by introducing fish, meat, vegetables, fruits. Hard products must be crushed (cut into small slices, grated, chopped in a blender), and food that requires heat treatment should be stewed longer than usual to make it softer.

For speedy adaptation, it is important to listen to the sensations during the meal: in case of fear and discomfort, refuse “suspicious” food.

List of allowed dishes:

  • baby purees (vegetable, fruit, meat) from jars,
  • meatballs, meatballs from various types of meat (it is desirable that the stuffing be scrolled several times for greater softness),
  • mashed soups (mushroom, chicken, gazpacho, etc.),
  • regular soups with mashed meat or meatballs
  • porridge
  • Cod liver,
  • canned fish,
  • eggplant caviar, zucchini,
  • milkshakes,
  • fruit and vegetable smoothies,
  • soft fruits: watermelons, melons, plums, bananas, grapes, etc.

To summarize, the nutrition for braces should be as follows: the food should be at normal temperature, chopped, not sticky and not contain bright dyes.

Question # 2. What can not be eaten on braces?


And very often there is an opinion that by installing braces, they can only eat liquid and soft food. And otherwise, braces can fall off when eating solid food (which, by the way, is true). Does the slogan “Farewell to meat and other culinary delights” come into force?

I want to know more about the eliners!

Comments on the orthodontist, candidate of medical sciences Gevorkyan Tatyana Vladimirovna:


- By the way, some patients (but more often patients) are even enthusiastic about the idea that they will eat less and, as a result, lose weight.

Losing weight on braces? - original thought)


- True, this is not always the inspiration for the desire to lose weight, limiting oneself to eating on braces, remains for the entire course of treatment, but this is another topic. In fact, braces do impose some restrictions, but not so tough and cruel.

And these restrictions apply not so much to food as to the process of eating. When undergoing orthodontic treatment on braces, orthodontists recommend grinding food, but not turning it into a homogeneous slurry. You can grind food with a fork and knife so that a person does not make biting movements.


Yes, lovers of biting crispy green apples will have to get used to the knife, so as not to accidentally peel the bracket when biting. The same is with tough meat or other tough foods. Only nuts, crackers, butterscotch (they are popularly called "filloders") fall under a serious ban on food on braces. But it is unlikely that we all have a serious habit of consuming these products every day. Therefore, real gourmets should not go into a trance at the thought that in braces there is little that you can afford to eat.

Restrictions on eating in braces caused by pain

- But this myth of the restriction in nutrition on braces has one more side. The fact is that immediately after fixing braces or subsequent activations (for example, changing arcs), the patient intensifies pain, and because of them, there may be restrictions on food intake dictated by a protective reaction, that is, when a person simply avoids provocation pain that occurs or intensifies when the teeth are closed, and therefore when eating food in braces, on which the arches also press.


And here a rhetorical-orthodontic question already arises: how to treat, how to treat? It is simply impossible to give concrete recommendations. Each orthodontist has his own favorite equipment, his favorite techniques, etc. Therefore, if this issue is significant, it is worth asking about it directly from the doctor you intend to be treated with.

One thing is for sure: the one who loves a delicious meal continues to do this in and after the braces.

In any case, braces are discomfort when eating. Do you really need braces as your doctor advises you?

I want to know more about the eliners!

Comments on the orthodontist, candidate of medical sciences Gevorkyan Tatyana Vladimirovna:


- By the way, some patients (but more often patients) are even enthusiastic about the idea that they will eat less and, as a result, lose weight.

Losing weight on braces? - original thought)


- True, this is not always the inspiration for the desire to lose weight, limiting oneself to eating on braces, remains for the entire course of treatment, but this is another topic. In fact, braces do impose some restrictions, but not so tough and cruel.

And these restrictions apply not so much to food as to the process of eating. When undergoing orthodontic treatment on braces, orthodontists recommend grinding food, but not turning it into a homogeneous slurry. You can grind food with a fork and knife so that a person does not make biting movements.


Yes, lovers of biting crispy green apples will have to get used to the knife, so as not to accidentally peel the bracket when biting. The same is with tough meat or other tough foods. Only nuts, crackers, butterscotch (they are popularly called "filloders") fall under a serious ban on food on braces. But it is unlikely that we all have a serious habit of consuming these products every day. Therefore, real gourmets should not go into a trance at the thought that in braces there is little that you can afford to eat.

Restrictions on eating in braces caused by pain

- But this myth of the restriction in nutrition on braces has one more side. The fact is that immediately after fixing braces or subsequent activations (for example, changing arcs), the patient intensifies pain, and because of them, there may be restrictions on food intake dictated by a protective reaction, that is, when a person simply avoids provocation pain that occurs or intensifies when the teeth are closed, and therefore when eating food in braces, on which the arches also press.


And here a rhetorical-orthodontic question already arises: how to treat, how to treat? It is simply impossible to give concrete recommendations. Each orthodontist has his own favorite equipment, his favorite techniques, etc. Therefore, if this issue is significant, it is worth asking about it directly from the doctor you intend to be treated with.

One thing is for sure: the one who loves a delicious meal continues to do this in and after the braces.

So eat in braces for health! But remember - eliners are better)

In any case, braces are discomfort when eating. Do you really need braces as your doctor advises you?

Are you ready to drag this pile of iron in the form of metal and ceramic braces in your mouth all the time during treatment (a year or two)? Rub your tongue about them, polish to a shine, eliminating pieces of food? Braces when eating are discomfort and not aesthetically pleasing.

Think about eliner treatment. There will be no problems with eating at all - the food will not get stuck in them and will not smell badly from the mouth. Star Smile company operates in more than 70 cities of Russia and will be able to offer you a competent consultation of an orthodontist in your city. And the prices will pleasantly surprise you, because Star Smile has the lowest prices with excellent quality of treatment.

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