What can my child eat with braces?

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Food That Can Be Eaten with Braces

You can still eat most food with braces. It’s important that your child cleans their teeth properly after eating because food can easily get stuck in their braces. Foods that can be eating with braces include:

  • Bread – pre-cut loaves of bread, soft tacos and tortillas are safe options

  • Dairy – soft cheese, yoghurt and dips are fine to eat with braces

  • Grains– rice, noodles and all kinds of cooked pasta are soft and suitable for braces

  • Cakes & Muffins – pancakes, soft slices and biscuits   

  • Soft Meats & Chicken – leave the crackling off the plate but you can still enjoy roast, deli and barbecued meats that aren’t too chewy

  • Cooked Vegetables – most soft, cooked vegetables eaten from a fork are fine so there’s no excuse for your child not to eat their brussel sprouts

  • Seafood– avoid any bones and shell but otherwise fish, crab, salmon, oysters and mussels are suitable foods for braces

  • Soft fruits – bananas, kiwi fruit, pineapple, strawberries, stone fruits (but cut it off the stone so you don’t accidentally bite into it)

  • Sweet treats – ice cream, jelly, smoothies and milkshakes are all fine to indulge.  Of course be aware of the harm eating too much sugar can do to their teeth and overall health so keep these as occasional treats

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Invisalign Chewies: What are they and how do I use them?

Invisalign chewies are a soft chewing device the size of a cotton roll that can be used by patients treated with Invisalign. It is a small cylinder made of a soft spongy plastic like material called Styrene Copolymer. The function of the Invisalign chewie is to eliminate the air space between the Invisalign aligner and the teeth. The chewie provides a more comfortable and efficient method to provide a uniform force to seat the Invisalign aligner properly. We usually give sticks to our patients that are place for a thick plastic.

How to use them

The Invisalign chewie should be used at least twice a day. When the Invisalign aligner is put back in after eating the chewie should be used to bite the Invisalign firmly into position. Position the chewie between your teeth (either ‘longways’ or ‘shortways’ and bite down. Move it from one end of your mouth to the other continuing to bite up and down until you have bitten on it with all of your teeth. Then go back and do it again. It is important that the Invisalign is fully seated onto the tooth so that it can then be effective in moving the teeth. The chewie should be used for at least 20 seconds each time. The chewie is small enough to fit into the case with the Invisalign so it can be carried with you through the day.

Playing musical instruments with Braces

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Playing a wind instrument with braces can be very difficult. For many children and teenagers the fear of loosing the ability to play their instrument can be a real barrier to getting braces. In fact some who are very serious about their music may choose not to fix their teeth, to avoid disrupting their music career.

The truth is those fears are not totally unfounded. A survey on high school bands published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, showed that almost all wind instrument players suffered difficulties with conventional braces. Woodwind instrument players were less affected than brass players. In fact brass players were the worst affected group. Most students said they had to re-establish their “embouchures”. This means essentially they had to relearn how to play their instruments. The most common problem was impingement of the lips and cheeks between the mouthpiece and the braces. 

Solutions for playing wind instruments with braces:

There are many remedies that are suggested by various companies. Most commonly the patients will be given wax to apply to the braces, however braces do still pierce through the wax. Another popular choice is a special silicon sleeve or guard, which can cover the braces. However this sleeve does require that teeth are already relatively straight, which can be months into the treatment.

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Invisalign Teen is a great treatment option, and we have had great results with Invisalign Teen. It has the advantage that it can be removed for practice and playing music.