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These Foods Will Sabotage Your Orthodontic Treatment

Inevitably, your teeth and mouth will be sore after recent placement of braces or after a tightening appointment. If this is the case, you may be experiencing a sharp pain when biting down on food, especially hard and sticky food — and this is exactly the type of food to avoid with braces, suggest our orthodontic experts at the Arlington Heights location.

It comes as no surprise that one of the most commonly asked questions related to braces is “What can I eat with braces?” Despite what most people believe, it’s possible to enjoy your favorite meals and take delight in eating with the key being, abide by the rules we’re laying out for you — and for the most part, these are (prooobably) the same rules your orthodontist laid out for you as well. Some foods (like chewing gum or nuts) need to be avoided to ensure your orthodontic appliances, brackets and wires are not being exposed to possible damage. By following the standard dietary guidelines, you eliminate the odds of any delays in treatment.  Who wants to have braces on for an extended period of time, anyway?

Our patients are a valuable part of us and their satisfaction is our number one priority. For this reason, our Arlington Heights and Harwood Heights, IL orthodontists and staff want to help you anticipate, avoid and mitigate unnecessary orthodontic problems. So, we’ve compiled a list of foods you should avoid at any cost:

Hard foodsSticky and gooey foodsSugary and starchy foodsAcidic and sugary drinks
Ice cubesGumLollipopsSoda (diet or regular)
NutsToffee CandiesSweet tea
Pizza crustTootsie RollsCookiesEnergy drinks
PopcornStarbustPies   Kool-Aid
Crunchy/hard chipsSkittles/GummiesCake 

The foods mentioned above are harmful to your orthodontic appliances and orthodontic appliances need to be protected for as long as you’re wearing braces. Now that you know what you shouldn’t eat in order to avoid sabotaging your orthodontic treatment, you’re probably wondering what foods you are allowed to eat with braces on. Here are the braces-friendly foods recommended by our Arlington Heights and Harwood Heights, IL orthodontists:

DairyFruitsVegetablesTreatsGrainsMeats & PoultryBreadSeafoodBeverages
Ice creamGrapefruitSteamed until softPuddingPastaSoft-cooked chickenSoft tortillasTunaSmoothies
YogurtOranges JelloNoodlesTurkeyBiscuitsSalmonMilkshakes
String cheeseTangerine Potato chipsRiceMeatballsPancakesCrab cakesJuices

If you’re not sure how to incorporate these braces-friendly meals and snacks in your diet, read Amy Roskelley’s blog post that lists a meal plan for a week for people with braces. Live Strong’s writer, Carolyn Russell-DeLucas also shared breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert recipes in her article Soft Foods for Kids With Braces.

Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it. So, add a little bit of your creativity, planning and the willingness to make some (super healthy) modifications in your diet and the outcome will be successful. At Orthodontic Experts, we put hundred percent of our effort to ensure you are rewarded with a healthy, bright smile at the end of your treatment process.

Here are a few tips we give to our patients with braces:

  • Avoid foods that contain sugar or starch. This type of food causes tooth decay and dissolves tooth enamel.
  • Swish your mouth with water after you eat or drink. This will wash off food remains from the back of your mouth.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal to ensure food has been eliminated from between the teeth that can otherwise cause bad breath (ew!) and tooth decay.

If you need more information on braces, teeth whitening (or maybe what you should or shouldn’t eat with braces on!), give us a call at (847) 749-4340 and our customer-friendly staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you might have. Our diverse staff can communicate with you in English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Urdu and Hindi — and we also don’t take long to answer your phone calls.

To find out more about the types of braces we offer (metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces and Invisalign), feel free to look us up on Facebook or just visit our website A complimentary consultation awaits anyone who is under the age of nineteen at our Arlington Heights, Harwood Heights, Chicago (Pilsen), Rockford and Burbank locations.

Sources:
Super Healthy Kids
Live Strong

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