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04 / 12 / 2023

Have you recently got braces and are wondering if you can still enjoy your favourite spicy dishes? The straightforward answer is yes, you can eat spicy food with braces, but with some caution. Braces don’t restrict your ability to savour spicy flavours, but being mindful of how these foods affect your oral health is crucial. In this article, we’ll dive into the nuances of enjoying spicy foods while ensuring your braces stay intact and your mouth remains healthy.


Understanding Braces and Oral Health

Braces are a common orthodontic treatment used to correct misaligned teeth. While they work wonders for your smile, they can complicate your eating habits. The brackets and wires can trap food, and certain foods can damage or dislodge them. This is why professionals often recommend a diet adjustment for brace-wearers. But what does this mean for lovers of spicy cuisine?

The Impact of Spicy Food on Oral Health

Spicy foods, per se, don’t damage braces. However, they can impact oral health in other ways. Capsaicin, the compound that gives chilli peppers their heat, can irritate sensitive mouths. Moreover, many spicy dishes are acidic (think tomato-based curries or hot sauces), which can contribute to enamel erosion or soreness in a recently adjusted brace.

Spicy Foods and Braces – Concerns and Considerations

When wearing braces, the primary concern with spicy foods is the potential for irritation. If you have sensitive gums or open sores from your braces, spicy foods might exacerbate discomfort. Additionally, some spicy dishes contain hard or sticky ingredients that can be problematic for braces. It’s all about choosing the right type of spicy food.


Tips for Eating Spicy Food With Braces

To safely enjoy spicy foods with braces:

  1. Opt for softer dishes: Choose spicy soups, stews, or curries that are less likely to stick to braces.
  2. Practice moderation: Enjoy spicy foods in moderation to minimise irritation.
  3. Focus on oral hygiene: Brush and floss diligently after eating to remove any food particles trapped in your braces.


Foods to Avoid and Why

While spicy foods can be fine, certain ingredients should be avoided. Hard, crunchy snacks like tortilla chips, which often accompany spicy salsa, can damage braces. Sticky, chewy sauces can also be a problem. It’s less about the spice and more about the food’s texture and consistency.

When to Consult an Expert

If you experience increased sensitivity, pain, or any damage to your braces after eating spicy food, it’s important to consult your dentist. They can provide personalised advice and ensure your braces are functioning correctly.


In summary, enjoying spicy food with braces is more about being cautious and choosing the right types of dishes. Pay attention to the texture and ingredients of the spicy foods you consume, and always prioritise oral hygiene. With these tips in mind, there’s no need to completely cut out the spice from your life during your treatment.


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