Once you get braces, you’ll naturally start questioning whether eating certain foods with braces is okay. And in today’s article, we’ll look at whether you can eat naan bread with braces.
Can you eat naan bread with braces?
You can eat naan bread with braces as long as it is soft and pre-cut into smaller pieces. Trying to pull naan bread apart using your teeth could cause your braces to misalign and potentially damage your overall progress.
Naan bread also tends to get stuck at the brackets of your braces, and you will need to clean it properly afterward.
Here are some tips to keep your braces naan free.
Tips to keep your braces clean after eating naan bread
Taking care of your teeth is an important part of getting braces. Plaque is more likely to build up on teeth with braces because the brackets and wires attract food particles and make it harder to clean the outside of the teeth. Plaque can stain teeth and wear down the enamel that protects them. If you do the below things, your teeth will stay in great shape.
- Use a soft toothbrush. It is important to clean the top part of your teeth between your brackets and gums. To clean the enamel well, the toothbrush’s bristles have to touch the gums. Choose a brush with softer bristles, so you don’t hurt your gums, and brush in a circular motion to remove any leftover naan particles.
- Brush every time you eat. Naan bread particles get caught in the wires of braces, and plaque can form if you don’t brush often enough. We suggest that you bring a travel toothbrush with you. Give it a 30-second rinse with water if you don’t have one. The only time you shouldn’t brush is after eating something acidic. When you eat or drink something sour, like an orange or a sports drink, you should wait 30 minutes to an hour before brushing your teeth.
- Use just the right amount of toothpaste. The foam toothpaste makes can make it harder to see the plaque and other naan particles on your teeth. Start brushing your teeth with only a wet toothbrush. This will help you clean around the brackets and between the wires. Use a careful, picking motion instead of scrubbing. Then, put a small amount of toothpaste on the brush and clean.
- Spend two minutes brushing your teeth. Spend 30 seconds on the upper right, lower right, upper left, and lower left parts of your mouth. Clean the outside and inside of your teeth. Make sure you brush for the full two minutes by setting a timer.
- Use a threader for floss or a Waterpik. Flossing can be hard to do when you have braces on your teeth. Threading floss through the wire will be easier if you tie it to a threader. Use a motion like a saw to get rid of more plaque. Also, you might want to think about buying a Waterpik water flosser. It cleans with a stream of water and makes flossing quick and easy.
- Use a mouthwash at night to clean your teeth. Look for a fluoride mouthwash that helps prevent cavities and protects the enamel of your teeth. One minute of rinsing will help get rid of any leftover naan bread particles. After you rinse, look in the mirror to ensure you didn’t miss any spots.
It is generally advisable to avoid tearing any food using your teeth, especially when you have braces on. Even if it seems painless, the pulling effect will cause your teeth and braces to misalign.