What to Eat:
For the most part, you'll be able to eat many of the same foods you've enjoyed before. The general rule is to avoid things that are hard, sticky, gummy or chewy, to prevent breaking the bond that holds the brackets on the teeth. Once you have your braces on, there are couple things you should know to help you along the way to your new smile. We'll review them and answer any questions when your braces or aligners are placed, so here are the highlights:
Ongoing Food Recommendations:
There are hundreds of foods that you CAN eat with braces and a few that you need to avoid to prevent damage to your Invisalign attachments, or brackets and wires. Attachment and bracket de-bonds, and bent arch wires can result in more office visits and delays in your treatment that could extend the time you wear braces.
Foods to avoid:
Chewy - such as bagels, licorice, toffee, pizza crust, crusty French bread
Hard - such as nuts, candies, raw carrots, corn on the cob, ice (many hard foods can be eaten if cut into smaller pieces or cooked slightly)
Sticky or Gummy - such as gum, caramels, Starburst
The First Few Days With Braces and after an archwire adjustment can be tough with sore teeth and some lip and gum irritation.
A salt water rinse created with (a quarter teaspoon of table salt mixed into a cup of warm water and swished inside the mouth and then spit out) 4-6 times a day can work wonders to soothe irritation.
Take care of yourself from the start by covering any brackets that seem to rub against the inside of your mouth with wax. We provide wax in your home care kit and it is also available in the dental care aisle of drugstores. A piece of wax stuck on the offending bracket will work wonders; especially if you do it early.
You can also take over the counter pain relief medication in a dose that you would normally take for a headache, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Many patients find this helpful the day of their appointment - even taking it in advance.
Soft Foods in the beginning can make your life easier. Pasta, mashed potatoes, smoothies, soups can be more comfortable to eat when you're getting started and your teeth are tender and you're not used to having braces.