Can you eat cheese sticks with braces? A dairy product is an excellent choice of food for orthodontic patients because it is soft, easy to eat, and high in calcium. Soy-based dairy foods can be eaten by lactose intolerant people. Cheeses such as string cheese and cottage cheese are dairy products which should be consumed.
However when you are starting braces, you are not allowed to eat cheese, no matter what kind you are eating – this is due to the fact that the braces are most likely to get damaged early on, so anything that might cause damage is best avoided.
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FOODS TO AVOID:
- Hard pretzels
- Hard taco shells
- Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos
- Carrot sticks
- Apples, pears, or peaches
- Hard rolls, bagels, or crust
- Ribs, chicken wings, or drumsticks
- Corn on the cob
- Soft pretzels or thin pretzel sticks
- Soft tacos or burritos
- Cheese puffs, cheese balls, or potato chips
- Hull-less popcorn
- Carrot curls or thin sticks
- Cutting fruit into sections
- Cutting or breaking bread into small pieces
- Removing meat from the bone
- Corn off the cob
FOODS TO NEVER EAT
Ice! Your braces will be completely destroyed by it.
Hard candies and suckers! Chewing on them is just too tempting.
Pencils and pens! They tend to destroy during final exam time because they are prime chewing targets.
A variety of nuts, gum, caramel, taffy, and peanuts!
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.
So, can you eat cheese sticks with braces? Yes and no. Yes to cheeses that are soft (cottage cheese, brie, thinly sliced cheddar, Swiss or American cheese, mozzarella, etc.) since hard cheese could damage the braces.
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 Cheese Sticks With Braces?
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