Can I eat bread with braces?

In this brief guide, we will answer the query, “Can I eat bread with braces?”. We will also talk about what foods to not eat with braces.

Can I eat bread with braces?

Yes, you can eat bread with braces but keep in mind that the bread should not be toasted too much to make them hard or crusty as biting on hard food items can damage the braces. It is advised to cut the bread with a fork and knife into smaller pieces to avoid biting into bigger chunks which might affect the wires and brackets of the braces.

Also, bread with too much peanut butter or jams and marmalades should also be consumed in moderation as too many sugary foods as well as sticky foods can be caught up behind and around the brackets and can cause issues with the braces.

Softer varieties of bread are recommended to eat for the people with braces on as they would not affect the braces and the brackets.

What foods do you not eat with braces? 

Certain foods need to be avoided while eating braces. Here we talk more about the foods to not eat with braces.

Whole fruits and vegetables

Avoid eating apples, pears, nectarines, carrots, and other raw vegetables that are hard and sturdy to bite into can help save the braces and the brackets and lines. If you want to eat these fruits and vegetables, it is recommended to eat them by cutting them into smaller bite sized pieces.

Pizza crusts and hard bread

The hard bread and pizza crusts need to be avoided as they can make you visit your dentist to fix the damaged braces or the brackets. Eating a soft variety of bread and just enjoying the inner part of the pizza is okay with braces as it would not damage the braces.

Popcorns 

Popcorn is everyone’s favorite snack, especially during the movies but if you have braces on, then it is best to avoid snacking on popcorn. Popcorns are hard and can break the lines and brackets but also can get stuck between the wires and brackets and can be painful and expensive to get them off.

Nuts 

It is advised to only eat ground or flaked varieties of nuts as the whole nuts can dislodge the brackets and wires of the braces.

Corn on the cob

Eating the corn off the cob is not really recommended as it would damage the braces instantly. One can cut the corn from the cob using a knife and enjoy the corn with a spoon than biting onto the cob.

Caramel

Sticky food items should be completely avoided when on braces as the caramel can get stuck in the brackets, lines, and wires causing them to bend or break.

Lollies

Lollies are hard and chewy and above all sugary which is a recipe for the braces to damage as the sugar can cause the teeth to form cavities and decay and even stain the teeth. The lollies are chewy which can arch the wires and damage the braces.

Jerky 

Jerky either beef or any other meat is not recommended to eat while having the braces on as they are tough meat and hard to chew on which can damage the braces.

Soft drinks 

Soft drinks are very tempting for kids and youngsters, but it is a no-no with braces on as they can discolor the teeth and the brackets. Also, the sugar content can damage and decay the teeth.

How to look after the braces?

Regular cleaning and flossing of the teeth and the braces are a must to have healthy and clean teeth and braces as plaque and bacteria can be in and around the braces and the teeth. So regular brushing of the teeth two times a day is essential. 

Braces are an important tool to fix irregular teeth formations or fix gaps in the cavities or misaligned teeth. Having braces on and keeping it safe, undamaged and clean is the basic duty of the person having braces.

It is also a good habit to clean and floss the teeth after every meal or snack, doing so will keep the braces from damage. While brushing the teeth, it is important to hold the brush gently and brush slowly and softly as you do not want to damage the braces, brackets, and wires.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the query, “Can I eat bread with braces?”.we also talked about what foods to not eat with braces.

I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://www.theorthodontists.com.au/blog/what-can-and-can-t-my-child-eat-with-braces#:~:text=It’s%20important%20that%20your%20child,fine%20to%20eat%20with%20braces

https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/braces/how-to-take-care-of-braces/

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