Dental Tips Blog

Jun
24

Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

Posted in Braces

If you now have braces, then it’s time to start being more careful about food choices. Specific foods can bend wires, break bands, and get stuck in hard-to-reach places. Here’s a list of some of the biggest culprits:

Crisp Fruits

Fruits with tough skin like apples and pears can damage braces. The good news is that you can still enjoy such foods – just make sure to cut the fruit into slices to make it easier on your braces!

Meat on the Bone

Things like ribs and chicken wings may be the favorite foods of some, especially during game time! You have to remember that chomping the meat right off the bone could also put some serious strain on your braces. Try to enjoy these treats off the bone.

Caramels and Gummies

Sticky sweets spell disaster for braces. They’re not good for teeth, in general, but they should especially be avoided with orthodontia.

Popcorn and Nuts

These kernels are a definite no-no! Tasty as they may be, you’ll have to find other snacking alternatives while wearing braces.

Doughy Items

Tough breads like bagels are notorious for bending wires! Not to mention, sticky carbohydrates play a big role in causing cavities. Having bready foods stuck between braces and teeth could be a recipe for tooth decay.

Time spent in braces could go by faster than you realize! Soon enough, you will be enjoying all of your favorite foods once more – this time with straight teeth! Treatment will be shortest when your teeth are kept healthy and your braces are kept in tact. For detailed instructions on getting the most out of orthodontic treatment, see your local dentist for regular checkups.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

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