What shouldn't I eat while I have braces?

What shouldn't I eat while I have braces?

Traditional braces have become more comfortable and more durable, nonetheless there are still foods you should avoid while undergoing braces treatment. Today, our Maple Ridge orthodontist shares a few foods you shouldn't eat while you have braces.

Throughout your orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces, it’s important to understand which foods could increase your risk for cavities or damage your braces. Here are a few foods to avoid, some you can enjoy with a few precautions, and some you can enjoy without too much worry.

Foods You Should Not Eat

While you have braces you will need to avoid eating any foods that are chewy, sticky, or hard since these types of foods can easily damage your brackets and wires, possibly leading to extra visits to the orthodontist or treatment delays.

Some examples of sticky, hard or chewy foods to avoid during treatment include:

  • Gummy bears
  • Sour worms
  • Jelly beans
  • Bagels
  • Corn chips
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candy
  • Hard taco shells

To help maintain good oral health while you have braces, we also recommend that you avoid sugary, starchy foods which could contribute to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque buildup.  

Foods You Can Eat

While you have braces, soft foods are the easiest and safest foods to eat. Soft foods are less likely to cause damage and tend to be gentler on braces.

Some examples of soft foods you can enjoy while straightening your smile with braces include:

  • Soft cooked vegetables
  • Cheeses
  • Pasta
  • Soft fruits such as bananas
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rice 
  • Tofu
  • Peanut butter
  • Soft (but not sticky) rice

Food to Eat Cautiously

One of the key things to avoid while you have braces is biting into hard foods with your front teeth. You can still enjoy the following foods but cut them into small bitesized pieces first.

  • Corn on the cob (removed from the cob)
  • Raw vegetables
  • Hard bread
  • Fresh fruits such as apples. 

Why do I need to be careful about what I eat?

If your brackets or wires become damaged it could slow down your orthodontic treatment. Being cautious about your food choices can help to keep your smile healthy and your orthodontic treatment on-track.

If you'd like to learn more about orthodontic treatment with braces, contact our Maple Ridge orthodontists today. 

Book your first orthodontic consultation today at myOrthodontist Maple Ridge.