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Orthodontic Diet Chart

Our Orthodontist Advise on What Not to Eat While Wearing Braces

At Pittsburgh Orthodontic Clinic in Tien-Mou, Taipei, we are committed providing quality orthodontic treatment for children, adolescent and adults. Our orthodontist is enthusiastic and excited about caring for patients and promoting lifelong dental health. Patient education plays a large role in successful orthodontic treatment, and that includes making sure that you and your child are doing what you can at home to help attain that goal. We want your child’s orthodontic care to be a success through and through, and we are sure that you do too! That is why our office offer the following orthodontic diet chart to show you which foods to avoid and which foods are OK to eat with braces, ensuring beautiful results after the braces come off!

Foods that cannot be cleaned off the braces may lead to discoloration and decay of your teeth. Even though our braces and wires are metal or ceramic, they are fragile and are usually damaged by eating the wrong foods, thus taking us longer to finish your treatment. To keep your time in braces as short as possible, please abide by the following diet guidelines:


ABSOLUTELY NO GUM OR STICKY FOODS, SUGARLESS OR OTHERWISE

Sticky foods are to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. These foods stick to braces and remain on your teeth for long periods of time.

Caramels
Sugar Daddies / Sugar Babies
Starbursts
Caramel apples
Licorice
Now & Laters
Tootsie Rolls
Gummy Bears

NO HARD FOODS

Some foods are just too tough to safely bite into with braces. Biting into the following foods can bend or break your wire and brackets.

Nuts
Doritos
Hard candy
Bagels
Apples & carrots (unless cooked or cut small)
Corn on the cob
Pizza crusts
Ice
Hard pretzels
Jerky

MINIMIZE SUGAR INTAKE

Foods high in sugar content should be limited. Sugar foods like soda have the potential to cause plaque build-up, which when combined with more sugar, can cause acid in the mouth. This can lead to swollen gums, white spots on the teeth, and tooth decay.

Eat less candy, cookies and cake
Drink less soda and sugary drinks

Avoid chewing on pens, pencils and fingernails.

Contact our Orthodontic Office

We are committed to your child’s orthodontic health and want to make sure that you are completely confident and comfortable with your child’s treatment. If you have any questions about foods to avoid or good foods to eat with braces, please don’t be hesitate to contact us. We are conveniently located in Tien-Mou and proudly serve children, teens and adults throughout the greater Taipei metropolitan area.

 

 

 
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