If this is the first time you or a family member has gotten braces, it is natural to question which types of foods you can or cannot eat, which brings us to today’s question.
Can you eat a bagel with braces?
Yes, you can eat a bagel with braces so long as you precut them into smaller pieces and place them directly in your mouth.
Remember to wash your mouth and clean your braces within 30 minutes to avoid bad breath.
Do not try to pull on the bagel with your teeth, as it could potentially cause your braces to shift and misalign, which could undo many months of progress.
The best ways to clean your teeth while wearing braces
While getting braces will eventually give you a gorgeous smile, it is crucial to maintain that smile for the long term. Braces make it more difficult to keep your teeth clean, as the brackets and wires collect bagel particles and form a shelf around your teeth. Plaque can discolor and weaken tooth enamel. Maintaining a healthy set of teeth is easy if you follow these valuable tips.
Use a soft toothbrush
If you do not clean the upper portion of your teeth, you risk damaging your teeth and gums. When brushing your teeth, the brush must contact your gums. To prevent irritating the gums, use a brush with softer fibers and aim it at an angle toward them. This will remove the bagel particles lodged closer to your gums.
Brush your teeth after each meal
Plaque may be prevented by brushing regularly. Carrying a travel toothbrush is highly recommended. If you do not have access to one, rinse your mouth for 30 seconds instead. Brushing your teeth after eating acidic meals is an exception to this rule. Oranges and sports drinks weaken tooth enamel, so wait 30 minutes to an hour before brushing if you have just eaten them.
Do not use a lot of toothpaste.
Plaque and bagel particles might become more difficult to spot because of the toothpaste’s froth. Clean thoroughly between and all around the brackets and wires by brushing only with a wet toothbrush at the beginning of your oral hygiene routine. Instead of rubbing, use a picking motion to remove dirt and debris. Continue cleansing after putting a small amount of toothpaste.
Spend two minutes brushing your teeth
Take 30 seconds to focus on your mouth’s right, left, upper, and lower sides. Teeth should be cleaned from the inside and the outside. A two-minute brushing session is best achieved with the aid of a stopwatch.
Use a Waterpik or a floss threader.
Flossing is one of the most challenging aspects of braces care. Using a threader to hold the floss in place will make it easier to thread it through. To remove additional plaque, use a saw-like motion. Consider getting a Waterpik water flosser as a different option. Using a water spray removes food particles and debris from between teeth.
Use a mouthwash at night to remove any leftover bagel particles
Choose a fluoride mouthwash with anti-cavity properties to help prevent tooth decay and preserve tooth enamel. It is best to rinse for one minute to get rid of any lingering dirt or grime. Look in the mirror when you have finished rinsing to see if you missed any areas.
Having a bagel with your braces on is safe if you precut them into smaller bite-size pieces. Do not attempt to pull at the bagel with your teeth, as this could potentially cause your braces to misalign.