You know that getting braces means a lot of changes to your life. You’ll spend more time cleaning your teeth, as braces require more work to clean between. You’ll have to adjust to some discomfort, and you’ll also see a big change in your appearance while wearing braces. The good news is that the end result is worth it.
That’s only true, though, if you work to keep your braces in the best shape possible. If you have that goal, then you need to avoid these foods when wearing braces.
One thing that you’ll hear from every dentist is to avoid anything sticky at all. Dr. Payam Bostani gives that same advice, for the simple reason that it’s really easy to either break your braces, or get food stuck permanently in them. Here at Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, California, we see more broken braces due to sticky foods than you’d expect.
How could popcorn be a bad food for you when wearing braces? Well, everything else about it is safe except for the kernels. Those kernels can get lodged between teeth, or between orthodontic hardware and your teeth. If you don’t take the time to get those kernels out, you’re setting yourself up to create room for cavities to grow.