Your teeth will move best when all your body systems are healthy. A balanced diet is important, so choose foods from all food groups. In the first few days and after adjustments your teeth may be tender to pressure, so it’s best to eat softer foods.
Don’t eat hard, chewy food or place hard objects in your mouth. They loosen, break and bend wires, brackets and bands. You must avoid:
- Hard crusts from bread and pizza.
- Tough meat or chewing meat off the bone (chicken and chops).
- Carrots – unless cooked or grated.
- Raw celery.
- Apples – must be cut up first.
- Hard biscuits.
- Sucking and chewing ice blocks.
- Corn chips, popcorn, nuts.
- Toasted muesli or hard cereals.
- Chewing on pens, bottle tops, fingernails.
Don’t eat hard, sticky or sweet foods. They cause damage to the teeth and gums as well as the braces. For example:
- Lollies – hard and soft.
- Chewing gum, bubble gum.
- Muesli or fruit bars.
REMEMBER! MINIMISE SUGAR INTAKE
Sugar is dangerous to your teeth. Don’t forget the hidden sugar and acids in dried fruit, sports drinks, soft drinks, cordials, sugared cereal, honey and jam. Too much sugar causes acid attack which leads to staining, enamel damage and decay of your teeth.
REMEMBER! When you are thirsty, tap water is best. It contains fluoride and it also substitutes for sugary drinks.