Caring for your Braces
Eating 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.
• Biting finger nails
• Chewing on pens or pencils
• Playing/picking with your wires
Foods to avoid with braces:
• Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
• Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
• Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
• Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
Foods you CAN eat with braces:
• Fruits - Cut hard fruits into bite-sized pieces, so they can be chewed with the back teeth.
• Vegetables - Hard, raw vegetables, such as carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli are tough to bite into with braces and may even pop a bracket off the tooth. When preparing raw vegetables, cut them into bite-sized pieces that can be easily chewed with the back teeth.
• Dairy – Yogurt, ice cream, milkshake, smoothies, cheese
• Grains – Bread, pasta, pizza, bagels. Eating hard crusted breads, such as a bagel, is difficult for someone with braces because it is very hard to bite into. Soften breads by warming them or break them into bite-sized pieces.