Living With Braces

Eating With Braces

Braces, retainers and certain foods just don’t go together. Hard or sticky foods can break wires and brackets. The same is true of chewing on the end of a pen or pencil, biting your nails or using your teeth as scissors. You will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances. It is also good to avoid drinks that contain large amounts of sugar, such as soft drinks, juice boxes and Gatorade.

Foods To Say No To

Here are a few of the foods to avoid while wearing braces:

Hard foods – nuts, hard candy, ice, French bread crust, pizza crust
Sticky foods – caramel candies, gum (sugar-free or regular), Starburst, Skittles
Crunchy foods – hard tortilla shells, popcorn
Foods that require biting into – corn on the cob, whole apples, carrots,
Sugary drinks – Limit sugar intake and eat less candy, fewer foods with sugar, and less soda or other sugary drinks

Foods To Say Yes To

Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, milk- based drinks
Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
Grains – pasta, soft cooked rice
Meats/Poultry – boneless chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
Seafood – tuna, salmon, crab cakes
Vegetables – baked or mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, beans
Fruits – sliced apples, applesauce, bananas
Treats – ice cream or frozen yogurt, milkshakes, gelatin

Playing Sports With Braces

You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment. If you do play sports, it’s recommended that you wear a mouth guard in order to protect your teeth and your appliances. Let Dr. Stieg and Dr. Wachtel know if you need help finding the right mouth guard for the best protection.

In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and your appliances for any damage that may have occurred. If you notice any loose teeth or if your braces have been damaged, please contact our office right away.

Learn more about how to take care of your braces.