Houston’s Family Orthodontist

Ask Dr. Magness: Now that I have braces, which foods should I avoid?

Great question. There are a variety of foods our team at Magness Orthodontics want you to avoid while you’re wearing braces. Some foods can occasionally damage braces, but certain foods can bend the wires or even break the brackets on your braces. If you’re wearing braces, you should avoid starch, sugar and gummy foods, as these foods can be difficult to remove during brushing. Foods that are high in sugar and starch tend to cause plaque, cavities and even tooth decay.

Avoid tough meats, hard breads and raw vegetables such as carrots and celery. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods you should avoid include:

• Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice

• Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips

• Sticky foods: caramels, gum

• Hard foods: nuts, candy

• Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

• Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

If you have any questions on which foods you should be avoiding and why, we invite you to give us a call or ask one of our team members during your next visit at our convenient Houston office! We also encourage you to ask us on Facebook!

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