Diet adapted to treatments

Wearing braces imposes certain dietary restrictions to prevent damage to the appliance and ensure effective treatment. Here’s a list of products to avoid when wearing braces.

Hard or crunchy foods

Firstly, it’s crucial to avoid hard or crunchy foods. These products can break or deform brackets and wires. The list includes :

  • Dried fruits (almonds, walnuts, etc.) and seeds
  • Potato chips and crunchy snacks
  • Hard fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces and chewed on the back teeth)
  • Crusty bread or baguettes
  • Hard candies

Sticky or soft foods

Sticky or soft food can get stuck in the appliance and be difficult to clean. This can lead to dental problems such as cavities. In particular, avoid

  • Sticky toffees and candies
  • Chewing gum
  • Chocolate bars containing caramel or nuts
  • Marshmallows

Sweet and sour foods

In addition, sweet and acidic foods should be eaten in moderation. They can cause cavities and erode tooth enamel. Pay attention to :

  • Sodas and soft drinks
  • Acidic fruit juices
  • Sweet confectionery
  • Highly acidic fruits such as lemons and oranges

Additional tips

To maintain good dental hygiene, we strongly recommend brushing your teeth after every meal. In addition, the use of dental floss specially designed for braces or interdental brushes is essential to remove hard-to-reach food residues. What’s more, when in doubt about a particular food, it’s always a good idea to consult your orthodontist.

In short, careful food selection is essential when wearing braces. By avoiding these risky products, you not only contribute to the health of your teeth, but also to the effectiveness of your orthodontic treatment. Finally, adopting these healthy eating habits guarantees a more comfortable and successful treatment.