foods that must be “stripped or clipped” with the
front teeth should be eaten differently. The following foods should
be cut into small pieces (or removed from the cob) before they
Corn on the Cob
SHOULD NOT BE EATEN WHEN BRACES ARE ON THE TEETH. Remnants of
the kernel husk frequently become lodged between the teeth and
gums. These remnants can be impossible for the patient to remove
when braces are attached to the teeth and can lead to severe pain
and inflammation of the gums.
items that are habitually chewed can easily damage the braces.
Some examples are:
AND BEVERAGES HIGH IN SUGAR CONTENT SHOULD BE USED SPARINGLY.
Sugar contributes to tooth decay. Even patients without braces
are vulnerable to tooth decay from a diet high in sugar content.
After drinking or eating sugary foods or drinks, it is important
to brush. If it is impossible to brush at that time, it can help
to at least “swish” and rinse your mouth thoroughly
who wear removable plastic aligners as an alternative to braces
must be sure not to drink beverages with sugar while aligners
are in the mouth. The fluid can remain trapped between the teeth
and aligners. Aligners should be removed and rinsed, and the teeth
should be brushed or rinsed whenever this happens.
are just a few examples of foods and drinks high in sugar content.
Some are also available in sugarless form which is an acceptable
Coffee with Cream
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