Soft Foods for Braces Frequently Asked Questions

Soft Food Diet and braces

A careful diet is essential when you have braces. Braces and wires are fragile, and eating the wrong foods can break your braces and damage your teeth. Broken or loose braces will lengthen your treatment as your teeth will not move correctly with a broken brace.

Do I need to change my eating habits?

Choose softer foods. Soon after you get your braces fitted and sometimes when they are adjusted, you may want foods that need little or no chewing, such as soup, pasta dishes, yoghurts, and cheese. This is because the teeth will be more tender to bite on, which may last a few days. Cut up sandwiches, fruit, and vegetables rather than biting into them.

What is tooth decay?

When you eat or drink anything, especially sugary items, the bacteria (plaque) in your mouth produce acid. This acid can create holes in your teeth, known as tooth decay. Your teeth will be under attack from this plaque acid for up to one hour after eating food or drinking sugary drinks.

Can I eat snacks?

Eating three meals a day instead of snacking is better for your health and teeth.

What food and drinks can I eat between meals?

Select healthy foods if you are hungry between meals. These include wholemeal bread, plain cheese, dry crackers, breadsticks, fruit, and vegetables. When you are thirsty, plain milk or plain water (not fizzy) are good choices. Fruit juices should be kept to mealtimes only.

Food and drinks to avoid during treatment

Common sense will usually tell you what foods to avoid, but hard, sticky, or crunchy foods can cause problems. Sticky foods such as toffee, caramel, and lollies must be avoided because they can loosen braces and break wires. Hard and crunchy foods such as apples, raw carrots, pizza
crust, nuts, biscuits, celery, chicken wings, and spare ribs are best eaten by cutting them into small pieces and chewing with the back teeth. Fizzy and soft drinks, even the diet variety, can cause damage to your teeth and should be avoided during treatment. Chocolates and sweets should be kept to a minimum and only eaten at mealtimes.

What happens if I keep damaging my brace?

Your dentist at Smilepoint can offer advice contact us via WhatsApp. If you regularly damage your braces, you will lengthen your treatment time. To keep your orthodontic treatment time as short as possible, follow a diet of softer food to ensure your braces do not break. A good balanced, healthy diet and excellent oral hygiene are very important during orthodontic treatment to maintain strong and healthy teeth.

What do I do when my brace breaks?

Contact Smilepoint Dental Centre for an appointment as soon as possible or contact us via WhatsApp. Do not wait for your next routine appointment, as the breakage may slow your treatment or result in damage to your teeth. If you repeatedly break your brace, your treatment may be stopped early.