Academy Dental is a warm, inviting SPA-themed dentist facility in Hamilton, and is rated as one of the best places by Hulafrog for dental treatment. Dr. Navleen Thind, D.D.S. is a trusted dentist who practices adults and kids’ dentistry, along with Dr. Steven Reff, Dr. Pankaj Puri (Orthodontist) and Dr. Roshanjit Kaur.
While wearing braces is associated with getting straighter and healthier teeth, it is also associated with certain restrictions, many of which are related to eating. Following the eating rules provided by your orthodontist is very important, since the tips will reduce the likelihood of you breaking the brackets and wires. It is recommended to avoid chewy, crunchy, sticky, and hard foods when you have braces, since such foods are most likely to cause damage that could lengthen your treatment time. Instead of reaching for those foods, consider eating the options we have provided below:
- Soft Foods- Unlike hard and crunchy foods that can dislodge your brackets, soft foods are a category of food that is not only safe, but has a lot of delicious options. This includes pasta dishes, peanut butter and jelly, fish, scrambled eggs, and mashed potatoes. Additionally, some of these options have amazing nutritional benefits, such as eggs and fish, which help provide necessary protein and vitamins.
- Liquids- Liquid foods, like chicken noodle soup, yogurt, or smoothies, also provide nutritional benefits without being potentially damaging to your braces. The protein, vitamins, and minerals present in chicken noodle soup are important for healthy teeth and bones. Yogurt is full of beneficial bacteria and smoothies contain many vitamins and minerals from the fruits you choose to include.
- Alternatives to Chewy, Crunchy, Sticky, and Hard Foods- While it may seem like you have to give up some of your favorite foods when you get braces, this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many alternatives to damaging foods, such as hulless popcorn, soft cookies and crackers, cooked vegetables, or soft fruits without pits.
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Dr. Navleen Thind is a highly trained dentist practicing in Hamilon, NJ.