Summer Foods to Avoid with Braces

Getting the most from orthodontic treatment often means temporarily altering your diet to keep the braces apparatus intact and functional. If your family lives in the Denver area and somebody in the house is getting braces, Dr. Robert Rudman will discuss all food restrictions you or your loved one will have to observe in order to attain a straighter smile. Summer is the season for barbecues, picnics, and many other types of dining events. Unfortunately, some of the classic summer food items can wreak havoc on braces. Foods you should plan on avoiding this summer include:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Thick-cut meats
  • Uncooked carrots, celery, and other vegetables
  • Whole apples and other hard fruits
  • Chips
  • Ice

In addition to beloved summer fare, it’s also important – as always – to avoid sugar as much as possible. Hard candy and gum poses just as much of a risk to brackets and wires as some of the above food items, but even soft sweets and soda can cause sugar to build up beneath the apparatus and cause tooth decay. Wearing braces doesn’t mean you’ll have to avoid your favorite foods for the entire length of your treatment. It simply means making necessary adjustments. For instance, opt for hamburgers or hot dogs over steak, and pick out a soft bun instead of the kaiser roll for your next sandwich. Don’t sacrifice straighter teeth and a superior smile to an unsuitable diet: Please contact Advanced Orthodontic Care or call 303-331-0222 today to schedule your braces consultation. Dr. Rudman welcomes patients throughout the Denver area.

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