What to Eat with Braces

Your doctor will attach your brackets to your teeth using a small amount of cement. This cement is specially designed to be easy to remove when your treatment is over so that there are no permanent marks and your smile is gorgeous. What this means during treatment is any unnecessary tug or pull on your braces can remove them before they are supposed to come off, thus extending your treatment time. Additionally having braces in your mouth makes it difficult enough to brush your teeth, but add to that foods high in sugar that feed the bacteria in your mouth and you are just asking for trouble.

That leaves to question: What foods should I avoid while I am wearing braces?

Hard Foods * Sticky Foods * Sugary Foods

Hard/Crunchy Foods

Braces are easily broken and eating hard foods will break them off, extending your treatment time.

You should avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Chips, Hard Tacos, etc
  • Hard Pretzels
  • Raw Carrots
  • Beef Jerky
  • Popcorn

Sticky/Chewy Foods

Braces are actually composed of several separate appliances that are held carefully together in your mouth. They can be pulled apart by sticky foods and this too can extend treatment time. You should avoid:

  • Peanut Brittle
  • Gum
  • Pizza Crust
  • Hard Rolls

Sugary Foods

Oral hygiene is important in life, but especially important while wearing braces. You should brush your teeth after each meal and if you can not brush your teeth, rinse your mouth with water; especially if you have eaten sugary foods. Bad oral hygiene, cavities and calculus buildup, can also extend treatment time. You should do your best to avoid sugary foods while wearing braces.