We know there are certain foods you will miss eating during your orthodontic treatment, but we promise you will be eating them again soon! While your braces are on, however, you should steer clear of certain items that can damage your braces or oral appliances. If your braces are impaired, your treatment could be lengthened as a result, and we know you will want to have your braces off as soon as possible!
The following foods should be avoided:
- corn on the cob
- hard candy
- chewing gum
Never chew on ice, as it can harm your braces and teeth. As a rule, anything especially chewy, sticky, tough or crunchy should be avoided. Do not worry; there are still plenty of delicious foods that are totally safe to eat with braces!
Dine confidently on these foods: Mashed potatoes, applesauce, pasta, nut-free muffins, beans, ice cream, pudding, tender chicken, tender rice, salmon, bananas, soft cheese, pancakes, tuna, cake, meatballs, spinach, lunch meat, crab cakes, Jell-O and soft tortillas. Safe beverages include milk, fruit juice, milkshakes and, of course, water! Use your best judgment when eating, and stick to foods that are not crunchy, hard, chewy or sticky. Think about the types of food that might damage your braces, as well as the types of food that may get stuck easily. We would be happy to discuss any foods with you at your appointment and determine whether or not they are safe to eat with braces.