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Foods to Avoid with Braces

Once traditional dental treatment begins in our Blue Wave Orthodontic offices, we explain how to take care of your teeth and braces and provide a comprehensive list regarding foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, popcorn, and all sticky foods (ie: gum, taffy,and caramel). Many emergency appointments can be avoided to repair damaged braces or appliances by carefully following our instructions.
Foods to Avoid with Braces
  • Popcorn
  • Hard CAndy
  • Soda
  • Sweet Iced Tea
  • Sticky or Chewy Candies and Snacks including chocolate
  • Beef Jerky
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Cakes and Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Gum
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • Corn Chips
  • Nuts
  • Ice
  • Ribs or any meat that is off the bone (take it off the bone and eat it in small pieces).
Recommended Foods to Eat When Wearing Braces
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Pasta
  • Bananas, Grapes, Oranges, Strawberries, and fruit without pits
  • Rice
  • Eggs
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Soft Meats
  • Tortillas
  • Biscuits and Muffins
  • Pancakes


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We do want to share two related blogs that are about cooking and eating with braces. School Lunches That Are Easy on the Braces was a blog we created to help parents to have variety in their children’s school lunches. We also shared a blog about Ortho-Friendly Cooking which has details on two cookbooks that were available at the time. Amazon and the internet in general are great places to find more cookbooks or recipes on the subject.

If an unrestricted diet is something you would miss, Invisalign may be the perfect solution for you. Invisalign wearers can eat any foods, but remove their trays prior to eating. They should brush and floss before putting their aligner trays back in their mouths. Blue Wave Orthodontics can assist you with either solution, so reserve your free appointment today.

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