Can you eat pickles with braces? NO, be careful. Acidic foods include pickles. You may need to extend your orthodontic treatment if the high acid content of these foods damages your bonding material. We do have a hack though. Your braces are less likely to be damaged by dill pickles because they have a low acid level. Consider ordering your pickles without the sauce or dip if you are worried about eating them with braces.
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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.
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!
So, can you eat pickles with braces? Only dill pickles
Due to its acidity (regular pickles) as your enamel (the hard outer layer) wears down, you may experience sensitivity to textures, temperatures and hot and cold foods. Teeth can become discolored and indentated over time due to cracks, chips, and discoloration.
The wire of your braces can be damaged if you eat something crispy, or the bracket may break if you eat crispy chips.
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 fast foods with braces post.
Can You Eat Pickles With Braces?
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