Deciding to get braces is a big decision, but it can also be really exciting. After all, you’re taking the first time towards improving your oral health and actively working towards the straighter smile you’ve always wanted, something that’s worth celebrating! However, orthodontic treatment also comes with quite a few changes to your life. When looking at the big picture, most of these changes are relatively small, but some can definitely take a little getting used to, like food restrictions.
When it comes to wearing braces, food restrictions are often one of the biggest learning curves, it’s important to avoid certain items until treatment is complete in order to protect both your teeth and your appliance. Although this can be a little frustrating, especially in the beginning, Buttram Orthodontics is here to help make your orthodontic journey as stress-free as possible! That’s why we’ve put together a few tips for coping with any challenging dietary changes, along with information on some of our favorite foods to eat while you’re in braces.
Braces are a significant investment of your time. While treatment can sometimes feel as though it’s taking forever, we promise that it really is only temporary! All the hard work and dedication you put into the process will be more than worth it when we remove your braces and reveal your beautiful new smile. Patience is an essential part of your orthodontic journey. If you can accept that you’ll have a few limitations for a while and commit to following our recommendations, you’ll be done with treatment before you know it!
A healthy mouth equals a happy smile
Good oral hygiene is important for all of us, orthodontic patient or not. But when you’re in braces, it becomes even more essential to take good care of your teeth and gums. To maintain a healthy mouth, we recommend brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time, as well as flossing every night before bed.
Along with regular brushing and flossing, you should aim to drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet that’s rich in a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Let’s take a look at some of the best foods for your body and your braces!
Smoothies are a bit of an orthodontic staple. On days where nothing sounds good and eating feels like a bit of a chore, they’re an excellent way to get a quick blast of healthy vitamins and minerals. There’s an endless variety of fruits, vegetables, and other add-ons to choose from, while the cool temperature and smooth texture help soothe any soreness you may be experiencing.
Since the texture and temperature are similar to smoothies, yogurt can also be a soothing treat for braces patients. Whether you prefer it plain, Greek, or topped with soft fruit and honey, yogurt is high in calcium, protein, and an extra boost of beneficial bacteria. The probiotics it contains help get rid of bad bacteria in your gums, but remember to brush your teeth afterwards since even naturally occurring sugar can cause issues if left on your teeth for an extended period of time. For the best benefits, look for brands with no added sugar at all.
Soup isn’t just for the middle of winter, or when you’re not feeling so good. It’s perfect for aching mouths, too! Chicken soup is one of our favorites since the broth comes loaded with minerals, gelatin, and collagen. These are an essential part of keeping your teeth and bones strong and healthy. The protein and vitamins can even speed up the rate at which you heal, something that can be helpful when you have any irritation in your mouth! Soup is also great for giving your mouth a break from chewing when your teeth and gums are feeling tender.
They might come out most often around the holidays, but a sweet potato can hit the spot any time of year! These root veggies are a great way to get a healthy boost of vitamins and minerals. They’re full of vitamin A, which helps to maintain the mucous membranes and soft tissue of the gums, and also contain keratin, which helps in the formation of tooth enamel. However you prepare them, they’re generally soft enough to eat if your teeth and jaws are sore following an adjustment while still being filling.
Any time your mouth is feeling sore, you may want to avoid putting any extra pressure on your teeth. Chewing common meal ingredients like beef, pork, or chicken can feel like a lot of work, even if it’s tender and cut up small. Fish can be a fantastic alternative, thanks to its naturally soft and flaky texture! Studies have also shown a link between the omega-3 fatty acids in fish and lower rates of gum disease, as they help control the kind of inflammation that occurs when bacteria irritates the gums. Additionally, fatty fish like salmon and tuna are excellent sources of vitamin D, which can help your body to absorb and use calcium more effectively. This gives your oral health a boost, since calcium protects the teeth and gums from disease.
We make braces treatment work for you at Buttram Orthodontics
Many patients feel that the first few weeks in braces are the hardest, but your gums and mouth adjust to them quickly. When they do, chewing and eating as normal doesn’t feel quite so strange! Braces can take a little effort at first, especially when it comes to food, but remember that the treatment process is only temporary. Before you know it, we’ll be removing your braces and revealing a beautifully aligned smile!
Orthodontic treatment gives you the opportunity to make healthy changes that will benefit many aspects of your life, from your teeth to your oral health to your self-confidence. At Buttram Orthodontics, we’ll give you a reason to smile! If you’re ready to embark on your own orthodontic adventure in Panama City, get in touch today! Well be happy to schedule a FREE consultation to get you started.