What you eat and how you eat it can significantly affect the success of your treatment. You should be able to eat normally although it is important not to damage the brace or your teeth. If eat or drink too many sugary or acidic (fizzy drinks, fruit juices) things during your treatment you may be left with permanent scars (decalcification) on your teeth.
To avoid breaking the brace you should avoid hard foods and should never bite into foods, cutting them up into small pieces before placing them into your mouth. Examples of foods you try to avoid:
- Toffees, boiled sweets, chewing gum, chocolate bars
- Fizzy drinks, including diet drinks and excessive fruit juice
- Hard foods that may damage the teeth such as crunchy apples, French bread. Hard foods can be eaten with care if you cut them up small first.