What Not to Eat With Braces

Many new patients ask us, “What can you eat with braces?” Braces technology has come a long way over the years, but there are still certain foods that you should stay away from during your orthodontic treatment. We recommend avoiding foods that are sticky, crunchy, or chewy because they can damage your braces or teeth.

 Let’s take a deeper look into what not to eat with braces and other things to keep in mind during treatment.

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Why is it Important to Eat Soft Foods with Braces?

The best way to care for your braces and teeth during treatment is to avoid hard or sticky foods

Certain foods can cause problems, including: 

  • • Damaging your brackets, wires, or bands
  • • Getting stuck in your wires
  • • Causing tooth decay
  • • Cracking your teeth 

If a piece of food loosens or breaks your braces, you will need to visit your orthodontist for repairs. This could potentially prolong your treatment time or make the braces less effective. Chewy candies can also stick to your teeth and possibly cause tooth decay or gum disease.


What Foods Should You Avoid With Braces?

Knowing what not to eat with braces will help you make better choices for your treatment. Hard and chewy foods may bend wires and brackets, possibly delaying your treatment schedule.

We recommend avoiding some foods, including:

  •  • Hard candies
  •  • Chewy candies
  •  • Nuts
  •  • Chips
  •  • Raw veggies
  •  • Apples (try cutting and peeling your apples before eating them!)
  •  • Jerky
  •  • Bagels
  •  • Pizza crusts

Braces make brushing plaque from your teeth more difficult. With that in mind, it is important to limit your consumption of sugary food and drinks that cause cavities and gum disease. Pigmented food and beverages, such as soda, tea, coffee, curries, and beets, can also stain your teeth.

Regardless of what you eat, you should brush and rinse afterward to keep your braces and teeth clean.

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Foods You Can Eat with Braces

There are so many tasty foods to enjoy with braces. Here is a list of some awesome foods you can eat with braces:

  •  • Pastas 
  •  • Potatoes
  •  • Boneless meats
  •  • Cooked veggies
  •  • Soft fruits
  •  • Soup
  •  • Rice
  •  • Soft breads
  •  • Eggs
  •  • Pudding

Many of these foods have soft textures. It is crucial to eat enough fiber, iron, calcium, and protein to compensate for cutting back on foods that are staples in your regular diet.

Soft Foods for Braces will Lead to the Best Treatment!

Having braces doesn’t mean you have to settle for less. There are so many good foods and beverages that are perfectly fine to consume with braces. It will all be worth it when your braces come off, and you can show your new smile to the world! We encourage you to keep your eyes on the prize and do what you can to protect your braces and teeth.

For over 55 years, we’ve helped people around Glastonbury, CT perfect their smiles with braces. Schedule an appointment or call us at 860-633-8321 to learn more about what you can eat with braces