Eating With Braces

What Not to Eat with Braces

Eating Habits

A careful orthodontic patient can probably eat almost any food and do no damage to their appliances. However, these food may cause trouble so please do not eat hard foods: nuts, ice, crisp taco shells, whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first), hard French bread crust and rolls, spareribs, corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating), and popcorn. These foods risk breaking brackets and wires. Also beware of nail biting and pen or pencil chewing habits, since these can damage your braces. Do not eat sticky foods: taffy, caramels, bubble gum, sticky candy of any sort. Use common sense about most foods.

Absolutely No Sticky Foods: (sugarless or otherwise)
Gum
Caramels
Sugar Daddies
Starbursts
Caramel Apples
Sugar Babies
Licorice
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
etc.

Hard Foods:
Jolly Ranchers
Jaw Breakers
Lolli-pops
Nuts
Bagels
Apples (unless cut up)
Pizza Crusts
Carrots (uncooked, unless cut up)
Doritos
Pretzels
etc.

To Minimize Sugar Intake:

Eat Less:
Candy
Ice Cream
Cake
Cookies
Pie

Once a Day:

Soda
Drinks with sugar

Check your braces occasionally for anything loose or bent. If a brace comes loose or you break a wire, please call our office at (770)-977-0377 or send us an e-mail at treatment@thesmilesolution.com so that we can arrange an appointment long enough to repair it. Be as specific as possible with the receptionist or in the e-mail. If you lose your rubber bands, call us so we can mail you some more or drop by the office and pick some up.

Brushing

You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces (please see our Oral Hygiene page). Food collects around the braces and between your teeth, and can only be removed by brushing and flossing. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the tooth surface. Brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule.

Sore Teeth

After braces are placed in the mouth it is normal for the teeth to be sore for about 1 to 3 days. Tylenol or Advil will help relieve this discomfort. Some irritation to the cheeks and/or lips is normal, but if you feel anything sharp poking you or any sores developing, please call our office at (770)-977-0377.

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