Which foods should you avoid when you have braces?

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Which foods should you avoid when you have braces?

Metal and ceramic braces have become increasingly more comfortable and durable over the years, nonetheless there are still foods you will need to avoid while you have braces. Today, our BC Orthodontics Group orthodontists share a few of the foods you should avoid while you have braces.

During your orthodontic treatment with braces, it’s important to understand which foods could increase your risk of cavities or damage to your braces. Here are a few foods to avoid, some you can enjoy with a few precautions, and some you can enjoy without too much worry.

Foods You Will Need to Avoid

While you have braces you will need to avoid eating any foods that are chewy, sticky, or hard since these types of foods can easily damage your brackets and wires, possibly leading to extra visits to the orthodontist or treatment delays.

Some examples of sticky, hard or chewy foods that should be avoided include:

  • Gummy bears
  • Sour worms
  • Jelly beans
  • Bagels
  • Corn chips
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candy
  • Hard taco shells

In order to help maintain good oral health while you have braces, we also recommend that you avoid sugary, starchy foods which could contribute to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque buildup.  

Foods You Can Continue to Enjoy

Soft foods are the easiest and safest foods to eat while you have braces. Soft foods are less likely to cause damage and tend to be gentler on braces.

A few good examples of soft foods you can enjoy while straightening your smile with braces include:

  • Soft cooked vegetables
  • Cheeses
  • Pasta
  • Soft fruits such as bananas
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rice 
  • Tofu
  • Peanut butter
  • Soft (but not sticky) rice

Food You Can Continue to Eat Cautiously

 While you have braces it's important to avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth. You can still enjoy the following foods but it's essential to cut them into small bitesized pieces before eating them.

  • Corn on the cob (removed from the cob)
  • Raw vegetables
  • Hard bread
  • Fresh fruits such as apples. 

Why do I need to be careful about what I eat?

Damaged brackets and wires can slow down your orthodontic treatment. Being cautious about your food choices can help to keep your smile healthy and your orthodontic treatment on schedule.

If you'd like to learn more about orthodontic treatment with braces, contact a BC Orthodontics Group Practice near you. 

Ready to set off on the path to a new straighter smile? Contact us today.