Eating With Braces

Eating with braces and foods that may damage your braces. During orthodontic treatment, you will be asked to avoid certain types of food that may damage your braces. In general, hard, sticky, crunchy and chewy foods should not be eaten while you have braces as they have a tendency to damage them, which may lead to a longer treatment time.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, pretzels
  • Sticky foods — caramel candy, gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candy
  • Foods that requiting hard biting— corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Foods You CAN Eat With Braces

  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins
  • Grains — pasta, cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry —cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

We want to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable and quick as possible! Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions that you may have about living with your braces.  We’ll answer all your questions and provide you with a no-obligation quote for your chosen orthodontic treatment.

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