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Dr. Howell Discusses Foods To Avoid With Braces

When you have braces bonded to your teeth, common sense will usually tell you what types of foods you should steer clear of that can damage or break your braces. Generally speaking, you should avoid foods that are hard, sticky and gooey.

Why Certain Foods Must Be Avoided When Wearing Braces

There are many reasons why it’s important to avoid eating certain foods when you’re wearing braces including:

  • Foods that are very hard and crunchy can damage or break your braces.
  • Sticky foods can easily get caught in all the nooks and crannies making up your braces.
  • Sugary foods raise your risk for developing tooth decay that could derail your orthodontic treatment.

Hard Foods to Avoid

  • Ice (never chew ice as doing so can break your appliances and even crack your teeth)
  • Nuts (unless you cut them into very small bits before eating them)
  • Hard taco shells
  • Tough & chewy bread and pizza crusts
  • Corn on the cob (remove the kernels from the cob before eating)
  • Bagels (unless you cut them into very small pieces)
  • All hard and crunchy snack chips like corn and tortilla chips
  • All hard and sticky candies
  • Raw, hard fruits and vegetables (we suggest steaming or cutting these foods into very small pieces)
  • Meat on the bone like ribs and chicken (Remove the meat to avoid biting the bone)

Sticky & Gooey Foods

  • All chewing gum that is not sugar-free (unless you are wearing removable appliances like Invisalign or retainers and only chew occasionally for short periods of time)
  • Licorice
  • Toffee
  • Caramel
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Starburst

Sugary Foods

  • Cakes, cookies and muffins
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

More Ways to Keep Your Braces Safe

In addition to avoiding these foods, there are a few more things you can do to keep your braces safe and your teeth healthy including:

  • Drink only beverages containing sugar once per day to lower your risk for developing tooth decay.
  • Avoid chewing on pencils, pens, etc., and never use your teeth to open things like packages covered in hard plastic, tight water bottle caps, etc.
  • Do not use your fingers or tongue to manipulate or “play with” your braces.

Contact Wiregrass Orthodontics

If you do damage or break your braces, call our office right away so we work you into our schedule to repair the damage. While this all may seem like a lot to remember, if you stick to these guidelines, your journey toward that incredible new smile you want will be smooth sailing! If you’re ready to begin that journey, call our office at (334) 792-1000. With three orthodontic offices in Dothan, Enterprise and Ozark, AL, we make getting that new smile you deserve very convenient!