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Top Five Foods to Avoid When You Have Braces

Posted in Braces

The better you take care of your braces, the less time you’ll have to wear them. That’s why you want to avoid foods that are likely to damage orthodontic appliances.

Here are five of the worst foods for braces:

  1. Tortilla Chips

Crunchy tacos and corn chips fall into this category, as well. Those crispy bits are like little daggers that wedge themselves between teeth and wires.

  1. Taffy & Gummy Candy

Any chewy or sticky candy is off-limits. Not only can they “pull off” brackets, but they can encourage tooth decay by sticking around a long time.

  1. Crunchy Grains

Cooked oatmeal is a great breakfast for anyone, braces or no. But watch out for crunchy dried sweets like cookies or granola, which are studded with firm grains.

  1. Popcorn

Shells, hulls, husks, whatever you want to call them, those annoying little pieces are a thousand times harder to deal with when you have braces.

  1. Pretzels & Nuts

These delightfully salty snacks have to be kept off the table if you want to keep your braces safely on your teeth.

Taking a look at the above list, it’s clear these are all foods that cause problems because of their texture. Hard foods can damage braces and chewy ones can get stuck in them.

But you’ll also notice that there are ways to enjoy your favorite foods without endangering your braces. A few substitutions and are all it takes. Choose soft tacos over hard ones. Have chocolate pudding instead of a chocolate bar. Cut up pizza and bagels into chewable pieces. French fries are still on the menu even when chips are out!

Get more tips on making the most of your braces by talking with your local dentist or orthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148


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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