Can You Eat Apples With Braces? (Slice Them Up)
Yes, you can eat apples with braces, but you should take some precautions to avoid damaging your braces. Eating a whole apple can put pressure on your brackets and wires, potentially causing them to snap or loosen. To make eating apples easier and safer with braces, slice them into bite-size pieces. If you are a younger patient, you may need an adult to help you slice the apple.
When eating apples with braces, avoid biting into the fruit with your front teeth. Instead, use your back teeth to gently chew the slices of apple, or use a knife and fork to cut the apple into small pieces. After eating apples, rinse your mouth with water to remove any remaining sugar and food particles, and brush your teeth thoroughly to prevent plaque build-up on your braces.
If you have any questions or concerns about eating apples with braces, talk to your orthodontist. They can provide personalized advice and guidance on how to eat apples and other foods safely with braces
Here is a table of tips for eating apples with braces:
|Slice apples thinly||Apples are a safe and nutritious option for people with braces, but they can be difficult to chew if eaten whole. To make apples easier to eat with braces, slice them thinly and remove the seeds before eating. This will make the apples softer and easier to chew, and will prevent them from damaging your braces.|
|Avoid biting into apples with your front teeth||Biting into apples with your front teeth can put pressure on your braces and cause damage. To prevent this, avoid using your front teeth to bite into apples. Instead, use your back teeth to gently chew the slices of apple, or use a knife and fork to cut the apple into small pieces.|
|Rinse your mouth after eating apples||Apples contain natural sugars that can cause tooth decay if they are not removed from your teeth. To prevent this, rinse your mouth with water after eating apples to remove any remaining sugar and food particles. This will help to keep your teeth clean and healthy and prevent damage to your braces.|
|Brush your teeth after eating apples||Apples can stick to your braces and cause plaque to build up on your teeth. To prevent this, brush your teeth thoroughly after eating apples to remove any remaining food particles and plaque. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth and braces, paying special attention to the areas around your brackets and wires.|
|Talk to your orthodontist||If you have any questions or concerns about eating|
Here is a table of fruits that are safe to eat with braces:
|Fruit||Safe to Eat?||Notes|
|Bananas||Yes||Bananas are soft and smooth, making them a safe and nutritious choice for people with braces.|
|Apples||Yes||Apples are safe to eat with braces, as long as they are sliced thinly to prevent damage to braces.|
|Strawberries||Yes||Strawberries are soft and easy to chew, making them a good choice for people with braces.|
|Blueberries||Yes||Blueberries are soft and easy to chew, making them a safe and nutritious option for people with braces.|
|Kiwi||Yes||Kiwi is soft and easy to chew, making it a good choice for people with braces.|
|Mango||Yes||Mango is soft and easy to chew, making it a safe and delicious option for people with braces.|
It’s important to note that all fruits should be eaten in moderation with braces, as excessive consumption of sugary foods can lead to tooth decay and other oral health problems. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to talk to your orthodontist about which fruits are safe to eat with braces, as they can provide personalized advice and guidance.
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Food “hardness” and food “stickiness” should be considered when determining what is okay to eat while wearing braces.
To prevent bending or breaking the wires in your mouth, avoid chewing anything that has hard chunks. Damage can be caused to wires by popcorn kernels, nuts, seeds, hard candy, apples, crunchy vegetables etc.
Getting stuck between the wires and brackets of your teeth can be a problem with sticky items that do not “clear” the mouth quickly. The likes of gum, caramel, taffy. Avoid eating foods that stick between your teeth, even if you don’t have braces.
After eating, excellent oral hygiene is essential with braces. After eating, swish vigorously with lots of clean water if you’re at school/work during the day
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth thoroughly, but gently. Use a water pick to reach those hard-to-reach places, and use interdental brushes/picks to get between your teeth.
Here is an extended table of foods you can eat with braces, with some additional options:
|Soft foods||Foods to avoid|
|Cooked pasta||Hard or chewy candy|
|Cooked rice||Hard or crunchy chips|
|Mashed potatoes||Hard or crunchy granola bars|
|Soft fruits (e.g. bananas, berries)||Hard or chewy fruit snacks|
|Soft vegetables (e.g. steamed broccoli, carrots)||Hard or chewy nuts|
|Soft protein sources (e.g. cooked eggs, chicken)||Hard or chewy bread or bagels|
|Soft dairy products (e.g. yogurt, cheese)||Hard or chewy ice cream or frozen yogurt|
|Soft desserts (e.g. pudding, jello)||Hard or chewy cookies or brownies|
|Soft cereals (e.g. oatmeal, cream of wheat)||Hard or crunchy granola|
|Soft soups (e.g. pureed or cream soups)||Hard or chewy pretzels or jerky|
|Soft bread (e.g. white bread, muffins)||Hard or chewy candy bars|
|Soft fruits (e.g. applesauce, fruit purees)||Hard or chewy caramel or taffy|
|Soft protein sources (e.g. ground beef, turkey)||Hard or chewy licorice or gummies|
|Soft rice dishes (e.g. risotto, rice pudding)||Hard or chewy jelly beans or gum|
|Soft vegetables (e.g. steamed spinach, squash)||Hard or chewy lollipops or jawbreakers|
|Soft fish (e.g. salmon, tilapia)||Hard or chewy fruit leather or chewable vitamins|
So, can you eat apples with braces? Yes. Even though you wear braces, you can eat apples. Just make sure you prepare them carefully so they don’t damage them! Using braces to eat an apple is explained in this video by Elena Oprea.
If you are wearing metal braces, we recommend cleaning your braces within the next 60 minutes after eating foods. Follow these simple tips to ensure good oral hygiene.
Here is a table of steps for cleaning your mouth after eating with braces:
|Rinse your mouth with water||After eating, rinse your mouth with water to remove any food particles that may be stuck in your braces. Swish the water around your mouth for about 30 seconds to loosen and remove any debris.|
|Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to brush your teeth||Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste to brush your teeth thoroughly, making sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth and braces. Pay special attention to the areas around your brackets and wires, as these can easily trap food particles.|
|Use dental floss to clean between your teeth||Use dental floss to clean between your teeth and remove any food particles that may be stuck in your braces. To make flossing easier, use a threader or Waterpik to guide the floss through your braces.|
|Rinse your mouth with mouthwash||After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth with mouthwash to kill any remaining bacteria and freshen your breath. Use a fluoride mouthwash to protect your enamel and fight tooth decay.|
|Inspect your mouth in the mirror||After cleaning your mouth, inspect your teeth and braces in the mirror to make sure that you have removed all food particles and that your braces are clean and in good condition. If you see any areas that need further cleaning, repeat the steps above as needed.|
You should consult with your dentist first to find out what kind of guide to follow based on your treatment condition before consuming your favorite foods.
For more foods, read our comprehensive post of what you can eat with braces.
Can You Eat Apples With Braces?
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