Food & Eating Guidelines While Wearing Braces
Avoid Any Hard, Sticky, Or Chewy Foods
Be mindful that braces are sensitive to damage, so you’ll need to avoid certain foods for as long as you have braces. These include hard, sticky, and chewy foods that can damage the wires or bands, or cause a bracket to separate from a tooth. Examples of hard, sticky, and chewy foods are:
Hard Foods – Popcorn, nuts, peanut brittle, ice, corn chips, Doritos, pretzels, bagels, sub rolls, pizza crust, hard candy, lollipops, jawbreakers, etc. Corn may be eaten as long as it is cut off the cob first. Slice hard fruits and vegetables such as carrots, celery, and apples into bite-size pieces and chew on your back teeth.
Sticky Foods – Gum (sugarless, Freedent and Stick Free gum), caramel, taffy, gumdrops, Starbursts, Gummy Bears, Sugar Daddy, Charleston Chew, Snickers, Fruit Roll Ups, etc.
Chewy Foods – Beef jerky, Slim Jims, granola bars. Meats such as chicken, steak, spare ribs, and pork chops may be eaten but please cut meat from the bone.
Hints & Tips For Eating With Braces
- Change Your Chewing – Different chewing techniques can be helpful in preventing damage to braces. Instead of biting down into foods with your front teeth, you may find it easier to use a fork and knife to cut food into bite size pieces. You may also find it easier to chew with your back teeth, which are stronger.
- Try Not To Pick – One way to damage your appliances is by picking at them or playing with them.
- Beware Nervous Chewing – Chewing on pens and pencils can cause brackets to break. Damaging your braces could prolong your treatment, meaning you’ll have to wear them for a longer period of time.
Remember – If anything becomes loose or broken, call the office as soon as possible for instructions.
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