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Recommended Foods

Foods We Recommend

It's always important to eat a well-rounded, healthy diet. Orthodontic treatment doesn't have to prohibit you from receiving proper nutrition as long as you know what foods you can and can't eat while wearing your braces. We encourage you to continue eating from all five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and meat.

Hard fruits, such as apples, and hard raw vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli and cauliflower, should be cut into bite-size pieces. If you bite into one of these harder foods, a bracket could pop off your tooth. Soft fruits, such as bananas, blueberries and strawberries, and cooked vegetables are usually safer to eat since they are softer.

Many breads are soft, but please avoid biting into hard crusts, such as pizza crust and pretzels. Always make sure to break or cut these foods into bite-size pieces. You may also heat these grain items to make them softer to chew.

Most dairy products are soft, which means they are safe and easy to eat while wearing braces. Cheese is a great snack, but make sure to cut it into bite-size pieces as some cheese may get stuck on your brackets. Sometimes cold frozen yogurt and ice cream can alleviate any soreness after an adjustment appointment, but please brush your teeth thoroughly to get rid of the sugar!

Meat can sometimes cause problems because it's typically hard to chew and sometimes tough. Lean meats are easier to eat, such as fish, chicken, lean beef and lean pork. Always cut your meat into small, bite-size pieces, and please do not eat meat from the bone, such as a chicken wing.

Minimize These Sugary Foods:

  • Ice Cream
  • Cake
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy (Peanut Butter Cups, Peppermint Patties, Chocolate Bars [plain, no nuts])

If Consumed, Only Once a Day:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Sports Drinks
  • Juice/Drink Mixes
  • Drinks with sugar

Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Toffee
  • Chewy Candy
  • Caramels
  • Gummy Bears
  • Taffy

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Beef Jerky
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Bagels
  • Pizza crust
  • Corn on the cob
  • Chips
  • Hard Candies

It's important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office to arrange an appointment for repair.