Call Us Text Us Email Us Map UsSchedule AppointmentVirtual Consult

Just Got Braces? Avoid These Foods (and Other Braces Tips)

The team at Burlingame Smile Studio in Northern California wants to discuss what not to eat when you have braces. They also have some other good tips for those wearing braces.

Avoid hard or sticky foods (or non-food items) while you have braces.

Some of the following ‘no-no’s’ are obvious. But it’s good to review them frequently.

  • Popcorn
  • Beef jerky
  • Nuts (of any kind)
  • Ice
  • Corn chips
  • Hard taco shells
  • Sticky or hard candy
  • Gum

Make Sure Your Braces Can Do Their Job

If you eat or chew these unsafe items, you could damage a bracket extremely easily. If a bracket (or brace) comes off, it means that the tooth is no longer being moved into place. That defeats the purpose of having braces and it will take longer.

Is Your Mouth Sore?

You may notice your teeth and mouth are sore upon first getting braces. We promise that won’t last forever.

This can help; put one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish it around in your mouth for about thirty seconds. Spit it out when you are finished.

What if a Wire Comes Loose?

If your wires or brackets become loose, use the end of a spoon, or the eraser end of a pencil. Carefully push the bracket or wire back where it goes. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips and/or cheeks, you can place a cotton ball between it and the affected area.

Give us a call to make an appointment to get it properly taken care of.

Damaged appliances can extend the treatment process. Take good care of your appliances.

Don’t Slack Off on Oral Hygiene!

Brush at least twice daily, if not after every meal. Remember to floss as well. Nobody with braces likes to floss, but if you want white cavity-free teeth, brushing and flossing daily will help. (Plus, no one wants stinky breath!)

Schedule routine appointments with your general dentist for cleanings and exams. Our team will keep your teeth straightening on track. Your dentist is there to ensure your teeth stay healthy throughout the process.

To recap:

  1. Avoid harmful foods
  2. Practice daily dental hygiene
  3. Visit your dentist and Burlingame Smile Studio regularly

Your beautiful new smile will be worth it!

Orthodontic treatment from Burlingame Smile Studio allows you to have a beautiful smile. It doesn’t matter how old you are: an ideal bite and straight teeth are achievable at any age. We offer traditional metal braces, and also provide clear braces from Invisalign, as well as clear and mini metal options from In-Ovations. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Burlingame Smile Studio:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1740 Marco Polo Way Ste 12
Burlingame, California


Text message is limited to 160 characters.


  1. Enter your Name.
  2. Enter your Cell Phone Number, area code first
  3. Enter your text message in the box.
  4. Click "Send Text"
  5. A copy of this text will be sent to the office and to your cell phone. The office's reply will also be sent to your cell phone where you can continue the text conversation.
Note: Mobile message and data rates from your cell phone carrier may apply.Close ClickToCall Button
NagiosCheckValue - Do not remove please