Eating With Braces

Having braces doesn't mean you can't eat a wide variety of foods! If you're careful, and keep a few limitations in mind, you'll be able to eat most of the foods you usually do.

What can you eat?

The first few weeks of wearing braces are usually the most difficult in terms of eating. For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables.

Eventually, you'll be able to incorporate more food back into your diet, but you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for the duration of your treatment.

Foods to Avoid

In general, when wearing braces, you should try to avoid, or be extremely careful with, the following:
  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips.
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum.
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Also keep in mind that chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage your braces. Damaged braces can cause treatment to take longer.

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