Can you eat carrots with braces? Yes, but if you do be careful.
Most foods you like, such as carrots can be eaten with braces, even if it’s not the ideal choice, but they must be eaten differently. Cut carrots into pieces and eat them with your back teeth instead of biting into them, or slice them very thin. Alternatively you can roast or steam.
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So, can you eat carrots with braces? Yes you can, but with a caveat.
To soften the texture of vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, steam or hard roast them. They are easier to chew this way, which makes them less likely to dislodge brackets or bend wires.
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.
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 Carrots With Braces?
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