Straight teeth and a gorgeous smile. For some, this comes naturally, for others there are braces. You know, those pieces of metal that they put over your teeth to straighten your wayward smile.
Not only do you have to brush more frequently and floss faithfully, but you also get to avoid some of your favorite foods. Here is a list to help you plan your meals when you have braces.
The first food you get to give up is not food at all, its gum. Plain gum or bubble gum, it doesn’t matter. Unless you want to spend hours in front of a mirror picking the gum off of your braces, you are going to have to avoid gum until they are removed. Sorry but this includes gummy type candies too.
Leathers, caramels and all chewy candies (this includes taffy, gummy and anything sticky). Avoid them. Again, you will be spending hours in front of the mirror picking them off of your braces, or worse, you could inadvertently break a prop off and have to have it replaced, even more painful.
Nuts, pretzels and popcorn, well, the movies might not be quite the same, but at least by avoiding these, you won’t be back in the orthodontist’s chair having a bracket or wire replaced.
Hard Candies, peanut brittle and other crunchy favorites. Sorry, you are going to have to brush your teeth either just or avoid them all together.
Hard fruits like apples, cut them up into small pieces. The same with pickles and other foods of the same caliber. If you are a carrot muncher, you are going to have to learn to enjoy them cooked. Softer foods are always better.
Want to crunch on that cookie? Dip it in milk and soften it first. The liquid will be good for your health anyway. Building a stronger body and stronger teeth.
Take your meat off of the bone. Especially for chicken or ribs and such. Cut your pork chops small and don’t chew on the bones.
Last but not least, now is the time to break that habit of gnawing your pen or pencil into oblivion and it’s a great time to work on growing those nails out by keeping them out of your mouth too.
Don’t despair; you will get to eat your favorite foods again when you get your braces off. In fact, you could designate a specific piggy bank for the fund to take you out to eat after you get your braces off. What a great way to celebrate!