Braces give many children beautiful, perfectly aligned smiles. However, getting to that point takes a bit of time, and proper care for teeth is essential. Caring for the braces themselves helps to ensure faster treatment times. Part of that care includes avoiding certain foods. Your pediatric orthodontist will give your child a list of foods to avoid while wearing braces. Some of them include:
Taffy, caramel, and fruit gummies can literally pull your child’s brackets right off their teeth. Even if damage to the braces doesn’t occur, sticky candies are loaded with sugar that is notoriously difficult to brush away. This could result in tooth decay. You can offer soft alternatives if your child has a craving for sweets—just be sure that they brush thoroughly afterward!
Though foods like hard candies should be avoided for several reasons, even healthy foods that are crunchy can damage braces. Your child can still enjoy apples and carrots if you cut them into bite-sized pieces, but nuts, ice, popcorn, and jerky should be avoided. Anything that requires your child to bite into it with the front teeth, such as corn on the cob, is probably a bad idea.
Sodas and Citrus
Both soft drinks and citric fruits, such as lemons, contain high amounts of acid, which can be damaging to the teeth. Even if they don’t cause decay, they can cause staining that will be obvious when the braces come off. Water is the best choice, but you can offer juice and sports drinks as well. Just be sure your child rinses after consuming any beverage with sugar.
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