Eating and drinking with braces
If you have fixed braces, or a removable brace that’s worn while eating, you’ll need to keep a careful eye on your diet to avoid damaging the wires. It’s best to avoid sticky foods, such as toffee, caramel and lollies, that can break or loosen braces. Hard and crunchy foods can also cause damage, including apples, raw carrot, pizza crust, nuts, biscuits and celery.
You can still enjoy these foods in moderation, just break them into small pieces and try to chew them with your back teeth to avoid any breakages.
Some removable braces need to be removed for eating and drinking, for example, Invisalign and Inman aligners. Water is the only drink that’s recommended when you’re wearing aligners, as everything else can stain the appliance.
Whichever type of orthodontics you have, your teeth may be tender after starting treatment, after readjustments to your braces or when you receive a new set of aligners. If this occurs, try to cut up foods you would usually bite into, such as fruits, vegetables and sandwiches. At these times, it’s better to eat foods that need little or no chewing, which include soup, pasta dishes and low-sugar or natural yoghurts.