Foods to Avoid

When you wear metal or ceramic braces, you will have to place a few restrictions on your diet until treatment is complete. Some foods have the potential to damage your braces and result in slower treatment and extra appointments. Other foods are difficult to extract from the wires and brackets, and should only be consumed if you are willing to commit sufficient time to cleaning your braces afterwards.

Here at Burlingame Smile Studio, our staff will explain which foods you should avoid while wearing braces. We will do everything we can to help you keep your braces in good shape, so that your orthodontics are as efficient and affordable as possible. If you ever have any questions about foods you should or should not eat, don’t hesitate to call our office!

What Foods Might Damage my Braces?

Some foods may damage or bend your wires or brackets. Some of foods you should avoid entirely include:

  • Popcorn
  • Chewy breads, like bagels or pizza crust
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Ice
  • Beef jerky
  • Hard candies
  • Taffy

There are other foods that have the potential to damage your braces, but may not need to be avoided entirely. Some foods that you should eat very carefully include:

  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples
  • Meat on the bone
  • Hard cookies or snacks

We suggest that you cut chewy or crunchy foods into bite-size pieces before consumption.

Finally, there are foods that will stick to your braces. These foods are difficult to remove, so you have to be repared to go the extra mile to clean your braces. Normally, we advise our patients to stay away from these foods altogether. Some of these foods include:

  • Gummy candies
  • Soft caramels
  • Stringy meats
  • Chewing gum

Remember to clean your teeth after every meal or snack, but it is particularly important to clean your teeth after you eat sugary foods that cause decay. When you choose candy or sugary beverages, brush your teeth immediately after to avoid painful decay and poor oral health.

It is best to limit sugary, chewy, and crunchy foods. If you have any additional care questions, contact Burlingame Smile Studio.