Having braces doesn't have to stop you from eating a wide variety of foods! With care and a few easy limitations, you should be able to eat most of the foods you normally do.
What can you eat?
Actually, you can still eat just about everything you normally would, so let's talk about what you can't eat instead!
For the first few days after getting your braces, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. You'll be able to eat all these foods again before long, but you will need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.
Foods to AvoidIn general, try to avoid or be extra careful with, the following:
- Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
- Hard foods: nuts, candy
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum.
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips.
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, carrots, apples
Remember that chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can also damage the braces.
Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.