Braces: Eating the Right Foods for Your Smile

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Braces are great appliances that gradually transform your smile into the smile you have always wanted, but sometimes braces can be inconvenient and troublesome, especially while eating food. If you are one who struggles while you eat with braces, this blog is perfect for you! We are happy to list the foods you should and shouldn’t eat while you proceed with your orthodontic treatment. If you follow these guidelines, your braces will remain in tip-top shape and you will have a sensational smile in no time!

This first list contains the food orthodontists strongly recommend avoiding while you have braces:

• Ice
• Nuts
• Gum
• Pretzels
• Popcorn
• Caramel
• Corn Chips
• Chunky peanut butter
• Gooey chocolate bars
• Hard crackers and cookies
• Chewy candy, like taffy, gummy bears, and sour patch kids
• Hard candy, like jaw breakers, root beer barrels, and jaw breakers

This second list contains the foods orthodontists ask you to be cautious of while you are eating them. If possible, please cut them into small pieces before consuming:

• Meat
• Pizza
• Pears
• Apples
• Burgers
• Peaches
• Sandwiches
• Raw vegetables
• Corn on the cob
• Chewy bread, like French/Italian bread

This third list contains the foods that are acceptable and encouraged while you have braces:

• Soup
• Yogurt
• Melons
• Cheese
• Pudding
• Bananas
• Applesauce
• Soft cookies
• Soft crackers
• Hulless popcorn
• Soft pasta, like spaghetti and ravioli

Call our orthodontic office today if you would like more tips about successfully eating your favorite foods while you transform your smile. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you have the best experience possible with braces!