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Your child may need braces to help the growth of their new permanent teeth. They help to align your child’s bite and teeth or to help with other orthodontic problems like an overbite or crossbite.

The day comes when your child should eat their last Jolly Rancher and cling to the softer foods. Hard and chewy foods like hard candy and thick bread may cause the brackets or wires to bend or pop-off. It’s important to know what your child should and should not eat when they have braces.

What to eat when your child first get braces

When your child first gets their braces, they may be a little tender. The process doesn’t hurt, but the teeth can be sensitive because they are not used to the pulling of the wire. It’s important to have foods around the house that your child will feel comfortable eating and will not enhance the pain or damage the brackets.

Great soft foods to eat after getting braces include:

  • mashed potatoes
  • yogurt
  • soups
  • scrambled eggs
  • oatmeal
  • grains
  • seafood
  • soft, cut up fruits
  • soft cheese
  • cooked or soft vegetables
  • moist desserts
  • pasta

Anything that is easy to chew, and is soft is a great start for your child’s orthodontic journey.

What your child should not eat right after their orthodontic appointment

Most people assume that they should avoid only hard foods after they get their braces placed. Foods that increase sensitivity and pressure are best to stay away from a few days directly after getting braces. Once your child’s teeth have adjusted, they will be able to eat these foods.

These foods include:

  • ice cream
  • thick rolls or bread
  • thicker cuts of meat
  • spicy foods
  • citrus foods

What your child should not eat while having braces

As time passes, your child will get used to the feeling of having braces. They will no longer be sore and sensitive. But, this does not mean they can continue eating like they were before their orthodontic treatment. There is still a list of foods that can break your child’s brackets or bend the wire. This will hinder the process of straightening and improving their teeth.

Just remember anything sticky, chewy, or hard should be avoided at all times. These foods include:

  • popcorn
  • nuts
  • ice
  • chewing gum
  • hard candy
  • chewy candy
  • pizza crust
  • bagels and other hard rolls
  • crunchy vegetables and fruits
  • hard crackers
  • pretzels
  • chips

Your child should also try to avoid sugary foods. The sugar will create plaque on their teeth and braces make it more difficult to clean. The plaque can turn into tartar, which is only removable by dental hygienists.

Our pediatric dentist in Powdersville, Dr. Richards, does braces for children. We would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding your child’s dental and orthodontic visits. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Richards by calling her office at 864-220-5437.