A Guide to Eating With Braces

How do I eat wearing braces?

There are several dietary changes that you’ll likely need to make when using traditional braces treatment at Dr. Doug Crosby Orthodontics. Unlike Invisalign® treatment, which can be removed during eating, braces require some thought and consideration in order to help the treatment process move forward smoothly. Below are some of the common tips from our orthodontic office to help you steer clear of problematic foods during your braces treatment.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

Avoid these foods to lower the chances of braces damage and food getting caught between your metal wires or brackets:

  • Hard foods
    • Nuts
    • Hard candies
  • Chewy foods
    • Licorice
    • Bagels
    • Pizza crust
    • Breadsticks
    • French bread
  • Foods requiring biting into them
    • Apples
    • Carrots
    • Ribs
    • Wings
    • Corn on the cob
    • Pears
  • Sticky foods
    • Candies
    • Gum
    • Gummy bears
  • Crunchy foods
    • Popcorn
    • Chips
    • Hard candies (lollipops)

Foods You Can Eat with Braces

You can still enjoy many of your favorite foods while you have braces. Some of the orthodontist approved foods with braces include any of the following. These include foods that will not be difficult to eat with braces and will not damage to your brackets or wiring. Remember, always eat carefully. If the food is hard, sticky, crunchy, chewy, or require biting into, avoid them or cut them into smaller pieces.

  • Tender meats, poultry, and lunch meat/deli meat
  • Dairy products
  • Seafood (without the shell)
  • Desserts, like ice cream, brownies, milkshakes, and other soft items
  • Soft breads
  • Soft fruits, like bananas, berries, and applesauce
  • Pasta and rice

Can I chew gum with braces?

This is one of the most common questions we get at Dr. Doug Crosby Orthodontics. If you have braces, you should avoid chewing gum, as it can get stuck between your brackets or metal wire and be very difficult to remove. Additionally, gum and other sticky or hard candies could cause part of your braces to break or become loose. This is not only uncomfortable but could potentially cause delays in your treatment, which means a longer time wearing the braces.

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