Food and Braces

When you are wearing braces, your diet may shift slightly. There are certain foods that should br avoided when wearing braces as they may break your brackets or become stuck in the wires. If you have just had braces put on or recently had them tightened, your mouth may feel a little tender for a few days, meaning that there are also certain foods to avoid during this time. You’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces. The first thing you must learn to do is to cut up your food into small pieces and use your back teeth for chewing.

Foods to Avoid

Foods that you bite into: when you have just had your braces tightened or applied, your mouth will feel tender, and so biting into foods such as apples and carrots may be a little painful! But not to worry, once the tenderness settles down within a few days, you will be able to enjoy biting into a nice juicy cucumber again!

Sticky foods: on the topic of apples, toffee apples are a no go! Any food that is sticky and will pull at your teeth while chewing such as toffees, bubble gum and caramel and other candies alike can cause damage to your braces.

Sugary, fizzy and acidic drinks including natural fruit juices. As well as causing tooth decay, these drinks could stain your braces.

Crunchy Foods: popcorn is notorious for becoming stuck in the wires of braces! Though popcorn may not necessarily break or damage your braces, cleaning the pieces that become trapped can be a real mission!

 

Soft foods you can eat on the first few days of having braces

In the first few days after your braces are fitted, or following adjustments and tightening by the orthodontist, your teeth will probably feel tender. During this time, it is best to almost exclusively stick to soft foods

Fortunately, there is plenty to choose from!

Non-chewy soft meals such as soups, casseroles, pasta, mashed potatoes, omelettes, smoothies, pancakes or porridge are great options for when your mouth feels tender.

You can then start to introduce other foods into your diet as the tenderness begins to subside.

Top Tip

A habit you should pick up when wearing braces is the act of cutting your food into smaller pieces. We know that there can be nothing tastier than a juicy apple as a snack on a hot summer’s day! And braces should not stop you from enjoying your apple, however, instead of biting into it, it’s best to chop it up imyo3 smaller, bite sized pieces.

The same is applicable to meat.

Braces Friendly Recipe

You don’t have to be a top chef to be able to prepare delicious food that is safe to eat while wearing braces and you don’t have to eat mashed potatoes every day for the duration of your treatment! Below is one of our favourite “braces-friendly” recipes: Homemade Lasagne

The best part about this recipe is that it includes a variety of food groups, is easy to make and won’t damage your/your child’s braces

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 250g beef mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml beef stock
  • 200ml red wine
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 9-12 lasagne sheets (depending on the size of your baking dish)
  • 50g Parmesan, grated
  • 150g pack mozzarella, shredded

For the white sauce

  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 550ml semi-skimmed milk

Method

1.    In a large pan, heat the olive oil over a low heat. Fry the onion, carrot, celery and garlic for 5 mins, or until softened. Add the mince and fry on a medium heat until golden. Turn up the heat, pour in the wine and bubble until reduced. Stir in the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and stock. Add in the Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 15 mins, or until the liquid has reduced. Season.

2.    Meanwhile, make the white sauce. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat and add the flour. Whisk until combined and cook on low for 1-2 mins. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the milk until you have a loose sauce. Season. Return to a gentle heat and whisk constantly until the sauce thickens.

3.    Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Layer up the lasagne in a baking dish, starting with a third each of the ragu, then the pasta, then the white sauce. Repeat twice. Top with the Parmesan and mozzarella then bake in the oven for 40-45 mins, until piping hot and crisp and bubbling on top. Serve immediately.