Foods to Avoid with Braces

Although braces have become sturdier with modern technology, it’s still important to be careful not to damage them. Certain foods can damage braces components like the rubber bands, wires, or even the bracket itself. Generally, avoid all foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Soft foods are most recommended for those who wear braces because they are gentler on braces hardware. 

Read the following list of foods to avoid as well as recommended foods for braces wearers.
 

Foods to avoid with bracesFoods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts 
  • Hard taco shells
  • Sticky and hard candy 
  • Gum 
  • Ice
  • Corn chips 
  • Pretzels 
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Sticky or hard chocolate 


Try to avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth. When possible, cut up these hard foods into smaller pieces: 

  • Raw vegetables 
  • Croutons 
  • French/Italian bread
  • Fruit 
  • Hard rolls 
  • Thin crust pizza
  • Meat 
  • Burgers 
  • Sub sandwiches
  • Corn on the cob
     

Recommended Foods When Wearing Braces

  • Hull-less popcorn 
  • Yogurt 
  • Bananas, grapes, oranges, strawberries, and other fruits without pits
  • Light crackers or cookies
  • Cheese 
  • Mashed potatoes 
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Ravioli, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and other noodle dishes


Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet is important for oral health and overall health. The healthier your body is, the better the results of your orthodontic treatment because a proper diet provides essential nutrients to bones and tissues undergoing significant change during braces treatment.
 

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