Nutrition tips for brace-wearers
The good news: Your child does not have to forgo their favourite dishes, even with braces! Below we have compiled a few important nutrition tips for you to consider while your child is being treated. This is how to do everything right on nutritional matters …
Put soft food on the menu
Soft dishes, such as poultry, seafood, soups, stews or pasta, save your child's braces from unnecessary endurance tests.
Pieces of harder food (such as steak, pizza or crusty bread) should not be bitten off, otherwise braces and sensitive brace wires might become damaged. It is preferable to cut hard food into small pieces to enable your child to chew it better. The same also applies to fresh fruit and vegetables.
Sticky - not for me!
Take care with sticky or hard food such as nuts, caramel or chewing gum: They can damage your child's braces and cannot easily be removed when cleaning teeth.
The less sugar, the better.
Foods containing a lot of sugar such as lemonades, chocolate etc. attack enamel, and during therapy should have the lowest priority in a food plan. If your child cannot resist various sweet temptations, they should clean their braces and teeth properly afterwards.