Eating with Braces

It is important to take good care of your braces throughout your orthodontic treatment and to avoid foods that can damage your appliances.  This is also the best way to avoid unwanted emergencies and loose braces. 

Foods to avoid:

Chewy foods:  bagels, licorice
Crunchy foods: popcorn, chips, ice
Sticky foods: caramel candies, chewing gum
Hard foods: nuts, hard candies

Foods that require biting into should be cut into smaller pieces:  crusty sandwiches, corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Sugary foods should be minimized and require proper brushing afterwards:  soda, sports drinks, and sweets