Orthodontic appliances such as short-term braces have come a long way from what they used to be, and are now more stable, sturdy, and comfortable. However, they should still be treated with care, especially when it comes to choosing what to eat.
Generally, wearing braces causes your teeth to touch differently from the way they used to, which in turn, changes the way you chew your food. As your orthodontic treatment continues and your teeth shift, you will need to continually adapt to biting and chewing in a different way. Fortunately, most people are able to adapt and chew food properly and comfortably in about two to three weeks from the time they first receive their braces.
During the course of your treatment, it is important that you only consume foods that are gentle on the wires and brackets that keep the braces in place. Your orthodontist will give you dietary guidelines of what to eat and what not to eat so you don’t damage your orthodontic appliances, resulting in prolonged treatment. The key rule is that you stay away from anything that is hard, chewy, or sticky. Here is a more detailed list of foods to avoid:
In addition, here are some useful tips regarding your food choices whilst wearing short-term braces:
Lastly, slow down when eating your food. Chew your food slowly and carefully, and avoid taking big bites or wolfing down anything you eat. If you have to bite your food, use the side of your mouth — slowly and carefully — to avoid damaging your appliances.