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Getting Braces? Avoid These Foods

Priscilla Hansen

When you first get braces put on (by professionals such as those at Braces Inc.), it might feel like you should only stick to a strict liquid diet and avoid all the foods you used to love. Luckily, this isn't at all true. You simply need to be careful with what you eat and avoid certain consistencies of food, like food that is very sticky. This list will show you foods you should not eat with braces, and foods you can eat, but should be extra careful with.

What You Should Never Eat

The first thing to know after you get your first set of braces is what foods you need to avoid entirely. These foods are never a good idea because they can get stuck in your braces and brackets, making it very difficult to get them out. Some of these foods even have the potential to damage your braces. The last thing you want to do is schedule an emergency visit with your orthodontist because you really wanted that hard candy. The foods you should avoid eating when you have braces are:

  • Hard candy
  • Chewy candy, including gummy candies
  • Taffy
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Caramel
  • Gooey chocolate bars
  • Chunky or sticky peanut butter
  • Other sticky foods
  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Hard taco shells

What You Should Be Cautious About

Some foods are okay to eat occasionally, but you need to be very careful with them. Chew them slowly and carefully, and cut the hard foods into small pieces for better chewing and less risk of damage. Foods to be cautious about eating with braces are:

  • Apples and carrots
  • Raw vegetables
  • Bread and bagels
  • Corn on the cob, remove from the cob
  • Chips
  • Sugary drinks
  • Croutons
  • Fruit
  • Burgers
  • Meat
  • Thin-crust pizza

What You Can Enjoy Eating

Overall, you should focus on soft foods that are not hard, crunchy, or sticky when you have braces. Eat plenty of soft foods like mashed potatoes, gelatin, pudding, and yogurt. These foods are filling and very easy to eat. For fruit, bananas are your best bet because they are soft and you won't have to deal with any seeds or skin getting stuck in your braces. Snacks like soft cookies and light crackers are a good option. You can have popcorn if it is hulless. Other foods you might like when you have braces are sandwiches with peanut butter or lunch meats, melons, grapes, and rice or noodle dishes. These tend to be on the softer side and don't require a lot of chewing.


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