Eating With Braces: What to Enjoy and Avoid

Eating with Braces What To Enjoy and What To AvoidAre you new to the world of braces? In the beginning, it is difficult to grasp all of the rules and suggestions that you’ll need to follow to care for your newest accessory. We’re here to help! Braces have many benefits to you beyond simply straightening your teeth.  They can help improve your dental hygiene and the look of your smile!  When you first get your braces there are a few food rules that you’ll need to follow to prevent damaging or breaking your brackets! Learn what foods to avoid and enjoy with braces by reading our suggestions below!

Say No These Foods. You may be surprised to learn that there are many foods we suggest that you avoid while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Foods that are hard, sticky or tough rate high on that list because they could loosen your wires and brackets. Damage to your braces would require you to come back to our office for repair and adjustment and may prolong your treatment time. Make it a habit to avoid the following foods.

  • Popcorn
  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Beef jerky
  • Raw vegetables
  • Hard breads like pretzels, hard rolls, bagels, and pizza crusts
  • Sticky candy like taffy, licorice, caramels, and jelly beans

Yes To the Best. Does it seem like there is a long list of things you can’t have now that you have braces? Don’t fret! There are plenty of foods that you can still enjoy while you’re straightening your teeth!  Try these soft foods:

  • Pudding
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Steamed spinach
  • Hamburgers
  • Ice cream and milkshakes
  • Cake
  • Yogurt
  • Ripe fruits like bananas, applesauce, and peaches
  • Soft cheese

Keep this advice in mind while you’re adjusting to your new braces! Think of it as a new challenge on your road to straight teeth! Tell us your favorite foods that are braces friendly and feel free to contact us directly with any questions that you may have regarding loose wires and brackets! Until then, safe snacking! We’ll talk to you soon!

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