Eating with Braces

About Braces

Eating with Orthodontic Appliances

Most food can be eaten with orthodontic appliances, but foods and drinks which your dentist has suggested may cause dental caries should be restricted while wearing braces. Sticky foods are to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. If foods or drinks high in sugar content are to be consumed, we advise having them with regular meals or at one given time of day. Please make sure that careful brushing and rinsing take place immediately afterwards. Between-meal snacks should be confined to foods without refined sugar and should be followed by vigorous rinsing if a toothbrush is not available.

Braces can be dislodged and wires bent or broken while eating certain foods. Hard foods, such as nuts, hard candy, corn chips and even crisp taco shells, can harm your braces and should be avoided. Chewing ice cubes can also be very destructive to your braces and appliances. Popcorn can cause harm in multiple ways and is a definite NO while wearing braces. Some foods, such as whole apples, raw carrots, or celery, are healthy snacks but must be cut into small pieces to avoid damaging your braces.

Chewy foods, such as gum, caramels, and even pizza crusts, can bend and distort wires causing treatment delays and extra visits for repairs. Please inspect your braces when eating foods that may become caught on the braces or beneath the gums. Remember that teeth move best in a healthy environment and in individuals with excellent overall health. Be sure you maintain a well-balanced diet.