Why certain foods need to be avoided with braces?

Your braces have brackets, bands, and arch wires that can all be damaged by certain foods. Avoiding very hard or sticky food is a big priority along with avoiding certain foods.
Foods you can’t eat with braces Crunchy and sticky foods which can loosen brackets and wires which may cause delays in treatment.

Foods to avoid with your braces are:

  • Nuts
  • Potato chips
  • Popcorn
  • Crunchy veggies
  • Hard candies (such as jolly ranchers or lollipops)
  • Gum
  • Sticky candies (like laffy-taffy or gummy bears)
  • Apples
  • Pizza crust

It’s not just hard foods can break the appliances in your mouth! Other items and habits to avoid that could damage brackets are:

  • Pencil chewing
  • Nail biting
It is important to not chew on any hard objects!


Foods that you can eat with braces, you can still enjoy:

  • Pastas
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Meats with no bones
  • Soft veggies
  • Fruits
  • Soups
  • Dairy products
  • Soft breads and sandwiches
  • Casseroles
  • Pizza (without the crust)

All of Dr Rasha’s patients receive a short class after braces are placed to review how to best care for your appliances to ensure they stay in top shape throughout treatment.

Remembering the “do’s” and “don’ts” can have a big impact on your treatment outcome and will help to get the beautiful smile you have always wanted .

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