Eating with Braces

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What can you eat?

Although the adhesive used to attach your braces to your teeth will withstand the forces of eating, they can become broken or dislodged with certain foods. And each time you break or loosen something, your treatment time is delayed. Use these food guidelines to keep your treatment on course.

See below for an example of foods to avoid:

ice.jpgICE… NEVER!

It will damage your braces.

pizza.jpgPIZZA CRUST

The hard crust can bend the wires.

pretzels.jpgHARD PRETZELS

Bends wires, loosens bands, and loosens brackets!

bagels.jpgHARD ROLLS, BAGELS

Bends the wires and loosens the brackets.

chips.jpgDORITOS, TACOS, TOSTITOS, CHEETOS, FRITOS AND THE LIKE

They will form a hard ball and break your braces.

apple.jpgAPPLES

Slice into bite-size pieces.

corn.jpgCORN ON THE COB

Slice corn off the cob.

jerky.jpgBEEF JERKY & SLIM JIMS

Tough as nails!

candy.jpgLOLLIPOPS & HARD CANDY

You may weaken your braces when you bite into them.

popcorn.jpgPOPCORN

The little kernels get between the gum and the band. This can be very painful.

carrots.jpgRAW CARROTS

Too hard! Slice them very thinly or avoid them.

nuts.jpgNUTS

No nuts of any kind!

candy2.jpgCARAMEL CANDY, BUBBLE GUM, TAFFY

They’re sticky and will pull off wires and feed the bacteria in your mouth.

pencil.jpgCHEWING ON PENS AND PENCILS

A favorite exam food, they will damage wires and brackets.

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