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what can you eat with braces?

A few facts about healthy eating while you are in orthodontic treatment

  • Please do not eat hard, gooey, chewy, or sticky foods!
  • Eating these foods can loosen bands, break or bend wires, and detach brackets.
  • You may not discover the problem until hours or days later.
  • If the braces are broken, they cannot move your teeth and this will result in a longer treatment time.

So stay away from things like:


  • Gum
  • Caramel candy
  • Starbursts
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Bagels
  • Beef jerky
  • Slim Jims

Hard Foods

  • Ice
  • Popcorn
  • Pizza crust (hard)
  • Nuts
  • Tortilla chips
  • Pretzels (hard)
  • Suckers (any hard candy)

Fresh vegetables and fruits

  • Be sure to cut fresh vegetables and fruits, such as carrots and apples, into bite-sized pieces.
  • Do not bite with the front teeth! Use the back and side teeth instead.
  • Cut corn on the cob off the cob.
  • Be sure to cut meat away from the bone.
  • Biting onto a bone like a chicken leg or ribs can break your braces.
  • Cut meat into bite-sized pieces.

And remember … never chew on pens or pencils

  • Keep fingers out of your mouth
  • Limit soft drinks, especially dark colors (due to staining)
  • NO POPCORN (except hull-less)

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