What foods should you avoid with braces?
Braces are much stronger than they used to be, but they aren’t indestructible. It’s really important to be careful when eating to not cause damage to your braces.
Some foods can break components of your braces like the arch wires, brackets, or appliances.
Below we’ll provide you with a quick guide on what to avoid, as well as some “free to eat” suggestions!
Top Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces
Avoid these below foods. Even small or cut up bites can lead to damage.
Hard cookies or crackers
Hard taco shells
Sticky and hard candy
Sticky or hard chocolate
Try to avoid biting into these below foods with braces. When possible cut up these hard foods into smaller pieces.
Corn on the cob
French / Italian bread
Thin crust pizza
Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet is important for oral health and your overall health. The healthier you are, the better your orthodontic results will be. Having a proper diet provides the essential nutrients to the jaw, bones, and tissues that are shifting and moving during braces treatment.
Fruit that doesn’t have any pits
Light crackers or cookies
Peanut butter and jelly