201 - 8706 Franklin Ave
Fort McMurray, Alberta
Office Hours
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed


hello world!
July 10th, 2019

What You Need to Know When Eating with Braces

Braces can be tricky. Trying to keep your teeth and gums clean after you eat is challenging with a mouth full of brackets and wires. We know what and how you can eat to maintain your oral health while straightening your teeth. You don’t need to feel confined just because of braces, all you need is a little common sense and to avoid a few troublesome foods.

Foods You Should Avoid with Braces

Popcorn

Popcorn has thin husks that can slide into your braces. Trying to get rid of every little bit of popcorn is difficult and can be impossible. Even if you love leftovers, the taste and feel of your favourite buttery snack for months on end can become repulsive. You will need to go to the dentist for proper cleaning before the food stuck in your mouth causes an infection.

Do you still crave a salty snack at the theatre? Eating chips is a better choice as it is less likely to get little bits stuck in between your wires.

Gum

Gum is sticky. Sticky items attach to metal, wrapping up in the wires of your braces. Gum can even pull the elastic ties off your brackets and tend to contain sugars which are a common culprit for cavities.

If you are addicted to gum, try some with less sugar so there is less chance of it attaching to your orthodontic appliances.

Eating soft, healthy foods will maintain your health and the structure of your braces. As with general oral health, limiting sugar and brushing regularly will help you maintain your teeth and gums for years to come.

Keep in mind, hard foods can damage your braces even if they are nutritious. Try cutting things like raw vegetables into smaller, chewable pieces so they are less likely to damage your wires, brackets, and elastics.

How to Chow Down with Braces

Take Your Time

Your teeth might not fit together as they used to since braces add levels of thickness inside your mouth. Slowly and carefully eat your food so that you can find the right rhythm for a mouth that feels brand new. Be careful to not chew too quickly or aggressively. Rubbing of your braces up and down your cheeks and lips can cause sores inside your mouth.

Soft Foods Diet

Eat soft foods such as soup, pasta, and yogurt. When you are new to braces some sensitivity can be avoided by eating soft ingredients. When crunching down on hard foods, sensitivity increases.

There are ways to work around the inconveniences caused by braces but orthodontics is essential to a happy, healthy, straight smile.

Dr. Gurshant

Medically reviewed by Dr. Gurshant Grewal - a Registered Dentist on July 10th, 2019

October 20th, 2022
Crowns or Veneers: A Look at Restorative Dentistry

Broken, discoloured, or crooked teeth typically require some form of dental restoration service. When it comes time to repair the damage, choosing the right option can be a bit confusing. Both veneers and crowns may improve the look and function of your teeth; however, dental restoration can quickly become a large expense. Below we’ll take […]

Read More
September 21st, 2022
3 Things You Should Know Before Getting Dentures

Dentures are false teeth complete with gums made out of acrylic-resin and designed to seamlessly replace removed or lost teeth. Available in various different forms from partial to full sets, dentures offer a less expensive alternative to dental implants for patients of all ages.  The restorative dentistry experts at Franklin Dental Care in Fort McMurray […]

Read More
August 24th, 2022
5 Benefits of Family Dental Services in Fort McMurray

In Fort McMurray, family dentistry is one of the most essential dental services that help patients achieve healthy teeth and gums at all stages of life. Family dentists are sometimes referred to as general dentists, but there are key differences between both. While a general dentist focuses on a specific age group, a family dentist […]

Read More
July 21st, 2022
What to Know About Dental Sealant Services in Fort McMurray

Did you know cavities are some of the most common dental health issues today? While the best way to prevent cavities is brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and limiting your intake of sugary foods, dental sealant treatments provide an added layer of protection.  Dental sealants are thin coatings applied on the chewing surface of […]

Read More
VIEW ALL POSTS

Ask Dr. Gill
Learn More With Our FAQ’s

Have a question? We are happy to answer them! Take a look at our frequently asked questions or feel free to give us a call at 780.790.0088 
Learn More

Evening & Weekend Appointments Available

© 2022 Franklin Dental Centre | Website Design by iNet Media Ltd.

map-markerfacebook-squarecommentsenvelope