Can I eat a sandwich with braces on my teeth?
Butties, subs, sandos, sammies… whatever you call them, sandwiches are a common choice for lunch. However, when wearing braces, you may have to be more selective when it comes to your sandwich choices. Some bread types and fillings can be troublesome, especially if you have traditional metal braces or ceramic braces with wires and brackets.
We’d highly recommend avoiding chewier sourdough and seeded bread in your sandwiches, as seeds can get caught between the brackets of your braces, and chewy foods can apply too much pressure while eating.
Softer white or brown bread should be fine, and soft wholemeal bread is the most recommended option. Soft white bread, while easy to chew, can get stuck between the braces and result in a more rapid build-up of plaque.
A similarly conscientious approach should be applied when selecting your sandwich fillings. Avoid hard, crunchy or chewy ingredients to keep your braces safe and intact and try to avoid condiments - especially yellow mustard and turmeric - which can stain your teeth under and between your brackets and wires.
We recommend making mealtimes easier by cutting your sandwiches up into small, bite-sized pieces before eating. Eating slowly and carefully is also advised, and of course, brushing with a soft brush and toothpaste when finished is essential for good oral care.