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You’ve got braces – congratulations! You are now starting on your path towards straight teeth and a healthy smile. Once you start your orthodontic treatment, you will have to make a few changes to your daily eating habits. Remember, it is important to take good care of your teeth, not only by brushing but also by following a healthy diet.

Having braces doesn’t mean you have to eat bland and pureed food during your entire orthodontic treatment. You can have a variety of foods, just make sure to keep your teeth healthy and prevent damage to the wires, bands, and brackets of your braces when eating.

You can have oatmeal, yogurt, eggs, sandwiches, and salads (without nuts), fish, chicken, cooked veggies, bananas, and string cheese. Choose food that you don’t need to chew too much, especially after a braces adjustment. You can have pears and apples. Cut them first into thin slices so you won’t damage your braces. Always steam or cook crunchy veggies so they can be softer and safer on your braces.

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, you must avoid eating caramel, popcorn kernels, nuts, and tortilla chips. Be sure to try and limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks to prevent tooth decay.

Healthy eating habits do not end with the type of food you eat but with how you keep your teeth and braces clean too. Brushing, flossing and rinsing after every meal should be a daily habit when you have braces.

If you have questions about your lifestyle with braces, contact us at Unionville Orthodontics in Markham.

-The Unionville Orthodontics Team

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