foods to avoid with braces

Foods to Avoid with Braces

Eating with braces can be challenging at times, especially in the very beginning.  As a rule of thumb, foods to avoid with braces include anything that’s hard, sticky, or chewy. There are two reasons for this.  First, braces are pretty tough, but you’ll still want to stay away from hard or sticky foods to prevent any of the components from coming loose or popping off. Second, chewy foods can make it extremely hard to clean your teeth afterward, which can lead to cavities.

Foods to Avoid with Braces: At First

If you just got your braces in Raleigh, your teeth may be sore for the first few days.  During this transition period the foods to avoid with braces will include anything hard. Stick to soft foods.  Stay away from tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables.

Once things settle down and you feel comfortable again, you’ll be able to eat these foods once more. However, you’ll need to be careful not to bite into anything too hard.  It’s best if you develop the habit of cutting your food into bite size pieces or cooking them until they’re soft.

Foods to Avoid with Braces: All the Time

During the course of your orthodontic treatment, it’s best if you stay away from certain foods altogether.

  • Chewy foods like soft bread can get into the crevices around your brackets and wires making it impossible to get clean.  If you braces harbor food particles, they will cause your teeth to decay more rapidly.
  • Sticky foods like caramels and gum can also make a mess that’s hard to clean up after.
  • Hard foods: for example, nuts, hard pretzels, ice, croutons, and peanut brittle can cause one of your brackets to pop off resulting in an emergency visit to the orthodontist in Raleigh.
  • Sugary foods are obviously bad, because we all know they cause cavities!
  • Foods that you have to bite into should also be avoided.  This includes corn on the cob, and certain fruits like apples or carrots.  As mentioned earlier, it’s best to get into the habit of cutting foods like these into bite-size pieces or steaming them.

Maintain a Healthy Diet During Orthodontic Treatment

Eating healthy foods is not only good for you on the inside, but it’s good for your teeth and gums too.  So what foods are good to eat when you have braces? Well, you can enjoy hull-less popcorn, yogurt, and a variety of fruits like bananas, grapes, mangos, and oranges.

Damaged Braces Caused by Eating

If you do experience an orthodontic malfunction while eating, then let our Raleigh dentist know right away.  If you have a bracket or wire that falls off, keep it, and bring it with you to your appointment.

You’ll need to come in to see a dentist or orthodontist in Raleigh as soon as possible. Your treatment could become interrupted, delayed, or relapse can occur if you wait too long.  The last thing braces wearers want is to be in braces any longer than they have to. If you have issues with your braces call Raleigh Dental Arts today.


Tarun Agarwal

Dr. Tarun Agarwal, DDS is considered one of the top dentists in the country. He is a recognized speaker, author, and dental leader. He has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and News 14 Carolina. Dr. Agarwal has been awarded '40 under 40' Business Leaders by the Triangle Business Journal. He is regularly invited to teach other dentists around the world and recently built a training center within the practice dedicated to sharing his expertise. Most importantly he is a loving husband and dedicated father of three wonderful children. His biggest accolade was being voted 'Best Dad in the World' by 2 of his 3 kids.