While the results of wearing braces are phenomenal – straight teeth, a better-aligned jaw, and an amazing smile – the process of wearing them is not always as enjoyable. Today’s braces are much more comfortable than they were in the past but they still require oral hygiene care, ongoing maintenance, and the omission of certain foods. If you or your child has metal braces, the following list may prove to be helpful!

Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

In general, avoid food that is hard or sticky. Hard food, in particular, can harm or break your braces. Some examples include:

  • Hard candy
  • Popcorn (because of the hulls)
  • Fruit with pits
  • Hard crackers, chips, or cookies
  • Corn on the cob
  • Ice (it’s okay in drinks but do not chew)

Sticky foods are a no-no because they make it extremely difficult to clean in between and around your braces. The residue then sticks to the enamel, weakening it and causing potential stains and future issues. Make sure to avoid

  • Caramel
  • Gum
  • Maple syrup
  • Peanut butter

Eat with Caution

While some foods may not be entirely off limits, they should be eaten sparingly and with caution. The biggest concern with the following items is that they can loosen, or even damage, your braces’ brackets and wires. Use care with the following foods:

  • Beef jerky
  • Nuts
  • Raw vegetables
  • Pizza crust or Hard/crusty bread
  • Overly-cooked pork or beef
  • Meat on the bone (wings, ribs, etc.)

It’s important to remember that using your teeth to open things, chewing on pens, pencils, jackets strings, nails, bottle caps and similar is never a good idea. It is terrible for your teeth and can also cause major damage to brackets and wires.

Recommended Foods

Although you may feel limited in food choices, there’s a variety of foods you can eat that won’t harm your braces. Foods that are softer in texture is highly recommended, making it more comfortable for the times you get your braces tightened. Some examples of good choices are:

  • Cooked rice and pasta
  • Deli meat
  • Yogurt, applesauce, and smoothies
  • Soft fruits and vegetables
  • Eggs in all forms
  • Cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soft bread and baked goods

It is also essential to keep the enamel strong because this helps the braces stick to your teeth. Foods that enhance strength include those that contain calcium and protein, like cottage cheese.

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