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Eating with Braces 

Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments used to correct bite problems and crooked teeth. During treatment with braces, you will need to take good care of your teeth, gums and appliances to achieve the best results. Dr. Sanders, our braces dentist, will explain his recommendations.  

While you can still eat many of your favorite foods, the first week after getting your braces could leave your teeth feeling tender. You might want to stick with soft foods and avoid eating raw vegetables, hard bread and tough foods. Pudding, mashed potatoes, fruit smoothies, yogurt, gelatin and applesauce can all be good choices. 

Once your teeth feel back to normal, you will be ready to bite into some real food again, but you will still need to protect your appliances. Some foods can damage your brackets and wires, so as long as you are in braces, you will need to avoid anything that is too hard, sticky or chewy.  

Foods to avoid include:  

Popcorn, nuts and chips 

Bagels and hard rolls 

Sticky candy, gum, caramel and licorice 

Corn on the cob, whole carrots and whole apples  

You should also avoid chewing on anything that isn’t food, including fingernails, pencils and ice. 

Damaged braces can delay treatment and injure the soft tissues of your mouth. Good dental hygiene and a healthy diet can keep your treatment on track and ensure complete satisfaction once the active phase of treatment has ended. Call our office today to learn more about what to eat while wearing braces or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanders.

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