Getting your child braces is a great way to improve your child’s appearance and oral health, but it can be challenging for kids as well. In addition to altering their appearance, having braces means avoiding certain foods that can bend or break wires, get stuck in braces, and cause tooth decay.
The foods that your child should avoid while wearing braces range from crunchy foods, such as nuts and popcorn, to chewy foods like licorice and beef jerky.
Below, we provide a more in-depth look at the foods your child should not eat with braces.
1. Crunchy foods can bend the wires on braces, loosen bands, and knock off brackets. Some crunchy foods can also get stuck in braces causing pain and possibly tooth decay.
Kids with braces should stay away from:
2. Hard foods that are not softened before eating can hurt teeth with braces, especially if they are new or have recently been adjusted.
Chewing on these foods can also damage braces:
3. Chewy foods can be satisfying, but they can mean disaster for your child’s braces and may be difficult to eat.
Kids with braces should avoid eating:
4. Foods that require front teeth to eat will be difficult to manage with full braces.
Biting into these foods with the front teeth can loosen brackets and bend wires:
5. Sticky and sugary foods are bad for teeth with or without braces.
An occasional treat of the the following is off limits for kids with braces:
6. Non-food items should definitely stay out of a mouth with braces. Chewing on these items can end up costing money to repair the braces and more time spent in the braces.
Kids with braces should avoid chewing on:
The kid-friendly dental professionals at your local Kool Smiles can help make the challenges of wearing braces easier for your kids and you.
If you have other questions about the foods your child can’t eat with braces, call Kool Smiles or make an appointment today.
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