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Alimentation, diet and food and orthodontics

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When undergoing an orthodontic treatment, the orthodontist takes care of the technical part of the treatment; he is often perceived as the only player involved in the process. Yet, your involvement is as important to ensure the success of the treatment in the prescribed time frame.

Your involvement starts with adopting an impeccable oral hygiene, which is essential. Orthodontic appliances themselves do not cause caries, decalcifications or gingival diseases. However, they can contribute to them if your oral hygiene is deficient during your orthodontic treatment. With good oral hygiene, braces will not have any bad effect on your teeth. To learn more on oral hygiene during an orthodontic treatment and on tooth decay.

Apart from oral hygiene, you also need to be careful with what you eat and your dental habits. Indeed, certain foods and habits can cause your appliances to break, which may require additional visits to repair them and lead to a longer treatment. Therefore, certain basic rules are recommended to minimize these disadvantages.

Foods to avoid

Hard and crunchy foodsHard foods to avoid during an orthodontic treatment

Sticky foods


  • Any damage to appliances may require their replacement; your orthodontist could then ask you to cover the fees to replace them. Therefore, keeping away from sticky foods is a risk-free situation for your appliances, your wallet and your orthodontist’s mood that can completely change if he learns that you tried to eat sticky foods!
  • Any type of chewing gum, without exception! If you wish to freshen up your breath after a meal, you can brush your teeth or use refreshing strips, such as those sold be Listerine, that melt easily on the tongue. However, you must not overuse them since they can irritate your gums.
  • Jellied candies, St. Catherine’s Day taffy, sticky caramel, toffees, fruit roll-ups, big marshmallows and any other candy that can stick to the appliances when they soften.
Bubble gum, chewing gum can damage orthodontic appliances.


Habits to learn during the treatment


Avoid biting with your front teeth

Anterior teeth may become sore with orthodontic appliances. Biting into foods with front teeth may cause discomfort, but also put a strain on the appliances up to the point where damages are caused.

While wearing your orthodontic appliances, you should learn the habit of eating foods in small enough bites to avoid having to munch them first with anterior teeth. Posterior teeth should be the only ones to chew foods.

Apart from the “forbidden” foods during your orthodontic treatment, such as a whole apple or any other fruit with a hard flesh, you must avoid “sinking your teeth” into the following foods or tear them with your anterior teeth: Xylitol is a sugar with anticavity properties (anticariogenous) and is present in chewing gum, but do not have any benefits in orthodontics. Orthodontist Lemay Sherbrooke orthodontics orthosherbrooke www.ortholemay.com orthodentie orthodentiste orthodontist

However, it is not forbidden to eat the part of the pizza crust that support the toppings since it is usually softer. You can also eat bagels that are cut in small pieces and chewy bars that are soft, as long as you cut them into smaller pieces using a knife or your fingers beforehand.

Of course, several meals in which you usually bite to eat them, such as subways, club sandwiches and burgers, are probably among your favorite meals. In addition to having sensitive anterior teeth during your treatment, the opening of your mouth might be limited because of the appliances. Therefore, it is recommended to cut these meals with a knife and eat them in smaller pieces, either with a fork or your hands. Maybe you will be under the impression that you look “snob” doing it, but it is an efficient way to eat these meals that are substantially thick!

Biting habits and temporomandibular joint problems TMJs


Habits to drop during and after your treatment

In addition to foods to ban because of the risk of damaging or detaching orthodontic brackets, certain habits can also damage orthodontic appliances or needlessly lengthen your treatment. Therefore, it is recommended to put the necessary effort into stopping them during your treatment, and preferably after the treatment because they are bad for the dentition.


Tips before and after an appointment with the orthodontist

There are 2  “cookbooks” written by a mother and daughter who had braces and aimed specifically at orthodontic patients.  “The Braces Cookbooks” .

They contain many tips, tricks and recipes for anyone who has orthodontic treatment and wants to eat well.
Each book contains dozens of different recipes for all tastes. You can find them easily online.


Livre de recettes nutritives pour patients ayant des appareils dentaires ou appareils orthodontiques (broches)

➡ To read our blog Relationship between alimentation, teeth and jaws.


➡ Updated: 2016-12-02 at 16:33:51 © Jules E. Lemay, www.ortholemay.com

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