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Eating with Braces

Eating and bracesFoods to avoid with braces
Your braces are very strong. They are designed to stay on your teeth the entire time of your orthodontic treatment. By following some simple guidelines, you can minimize breakage and maximize treatment. For the first day or so, stick to soft foods until you get used to chewing with braces. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Even when you get completely used to chewing and eating with braces, you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for the whole duration of treatment.  We ask that you avoid eating sticky or hard foods during your orthodontic treatment. Eating these foods can cause damage to the archwires, break brackets, and loosen the bands that hold your expanders and other appliances. Damaged or broken braces, wires and appliances will cause treatment to take longer.

Avoid Our "Ten Biggest Brace Breakers"!

  • Ice
  • Nuts (or anything with nuts in it)
  • Hard chips (esp. Corn chips, Doritos & Fritos)
  • Hard or sticky candy (Taffy, caramels, suckers, Jolly Ranchers & gummy bears)
  • Whole apples
  • Whole bagels
  • Popcorn
  • Pizza crusts & hard pretzels
  • Corn on a Cob
  • Pencils/Pen caps

Corn on the cob, meat on the bone, corn dogs, apples, carrots, bagels, etc., should be cut into the bite size pieces before eating.

Chewing on straws or biting fingernails can cause damage as well, and avoid Beef jerky, Slim Jims and Bubble gum (you may chew sugarless gum that is designed not to stick to dental work).  As a patient, you are responsible for carefully examining each part of your appliance and braces everyday to make sure that everything is properly attached to the teeth. If you notice something is loose, please call our office as soon as possible, even if you have an appointment scheduled in the near future.

Please download the "Ten Biggest Brace Breakers" attachment below and post it on your fridge or in your kitchen as a reminer of what foods to avoid to prevent brace breakages.


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