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What Not to Eat With Braces

Braces are all about aligning your teeth properly, so it’s important to take proper care of them to maximize their effectiveness and minimize unnecessary damage. 

What foods you eat will be one of the biggest things you should pay attention to when wearing braces, as some foods could cause potential damage, which could then lead to additional orthodontic care and treatment.

Let’s take a deeper look into what your diet should be when wearing braces and why this is important to understand before you undergo this orthodontic treatment.

Why is It Important to Eat Soft Foods with Braces

Braces have a lot of components. Between the bands, the brackets, and the wires, braces have a lot of working parts. Even Invisalign aligners have attachments and buttons that can be damaged by eating certain things. For example, hard or sticky foods will not only stain your teeth and cause cavities (which will lead to staining) they can also compromise the components that produce your results. 

When these braces get damaged, certain parts will either require replacement or repair, which means extra trips to the orthodontist. You can avoid this by eating softer foods that won’t cause this type of damage to your braces.

What Can You Not Eat With Braces?

There are a number of foods you should completely avoid while wearing braces, such as:

  • Cashews, peanuts, etc.
  • Hard bread or rolls
  • Hard candy
  • Ice
  • Hard vegetables
  • Gum
  • Potato Chips

While this isn’t an extensive list, it should give you an idea of the types of food you stay away from when you have braces.

Additionally, you’ll want to refrain from eating sugary foods or drinking beverages that might stain your teeth or cause cavities.

Foods You Can Eat With Braces

Don’t think that you’ll starve just because you’re wearing braces! There are still plenty of foods you can eat, such as:

  • Soft fruits and berries
  • Yogurt
  • Hard vegetables
  • Soup or stew
  • Soft rolls and bread
  • Cheese
  • Ice Cream/Soft Desserts

Follow this list to gain an understanding of what foods you should eat, and you’ll be on the road to good orthodontic health. That way, you can avoid any unpleasantness with foods damaging your braces.

Soft Foods with Braces Will Lead to the Best Treatment

Understanding the right foods to eat when you have your braces you help this orthodontic treatment work as effectively as possible. With this advice in mind, you can make the most of your braces and avoid too many trips to our office! 

Palmetto Family Orthodontics wants to help you find your best natural smile, regardless of how you get there. Call us now at 864-335-0505 or schedule your free exam online.