Two areas of concern with diet are:
2. Damage to braces.
Regular eating of sugary foods (and drinks!), will cause decay.
Sugary foods can also cause white marks on the tooth surfaces. These marks, which is permanent will become obvious when your appliances are removed. They are called decalcification spots, and indicate that the tooth enamel has been weakened by acid attack and can lead to tooth decay.
Damage to Braces.
Certain types of food will damage orthodontic appliances. HARD, CRUNCHY, or STICKY FOODS will bend archwires and break brackets off the teeth.
Fruits and vegetables: care must be taken when eating fruits and raw vegetables such as apples, celery and carrot. These must be sliced, cut into small pieces or grated and eaten on your back teeth instead of biting them off with your front teeth. With stone fruit, make sure you remove the pip before eating the fruit.
Meats: grilled meats and steaks will be managed more easily if eaten in small pieces. Do not chew on bones.
Avoid hard foods:
hard biscuits or muesli bars
hard bread rolls
hard breakfast cereals, e.g., Nutragrain – allow to soften with milk.
Chewing on pencils and rulers MUST be avoided.