Braces contain several components that can be damaged with certain foods. This can cause damage to the mouth and set back your progress. If you have braces or are about to start your treatment, here are the foods that need to be on your radar. Schedule an appointment with Elegant Orthodontics – serving patients in and near the Boston, MA area – for more information and tips.

Avoid Hard and Crunchy Foods

Hard and crunchy foods can instantly break brackets and wires if you accidentally bite the wrong way. This includes pretzels, hard cookies and candy, hard taco shells, bread crust, and nuts. Some fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, and corn on the cob can also be dangerous to eat. Popcorn is also included in this list; not only can the kernels cause damage, but they can get easily stuck in the teeth which causes hygiene issues.

Avoid Chewy and Sticky Foods

Chewy and sticky foods can cause just as much damage as crunchy foods, although they may appear softer. Chewy candies like taffy or gum can easily get caught in the wires and brackets. These can be incredibly difficult to get off, and sometimes damage the braces. When this happens, it may be necessary to schedule an appointment to repair the wires or get a professional cleaning. Foods such as meat, that may be tender and difficult to eat, can be cut into smaller pieces to be consumed safely.

Recommended Foods

Throughout your braces treatment, you will experience soreness in the teeth that can affect your ability to eat even softer foods. For days where this prevents you from eating normal meals, here is a list of approved foods that are easy on the teeth.

  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Ice cream
  • Jell-O
  • Peanut butter & jelly

Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics at Elegant Orthodontics, treats helps adults in the Boston, Brookline, Norwood and Framingham, MA areas with orthodontics to straighten teeth and correct a misaligned bite and jaws. Contact out office today for more information.