While wearing braces, you will need to take special care with the foods you eat. Certain types of foods can damage your braces and appliances, and can get caught in between your wires, leading to an increased risk of cavities and decay. Our orthodontist and team have compiled this information to help you take better care of your braces. Please call Dieguez Smiles at 205-980-4744 for more information on eating with braces in Birmingham, Alabama, and make your appointment with Dr. Bertha Dieguez.
- Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces:
- Chewy foods – such as bagels or licorice
- Crunchy foods – such as popcorn, chips, or ice
- Sticky foods – such as caramel candies and chewing gum
- Hard foods – such as nuts and hard candies
- Foods that require biting into – such as apples, carrots, and corn on the cob
- Foods You Can Eat with Braces:
- Dairy – including soft cheese, pudding, and milk-based drinks
- Breads – including soft tortillas, pancakes, and muffins without nuts
- Grains – such as pasta and soft-cooked rice
- Meats/Poultry – such as soft-cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood – including tuna, salmon, and crab cakes
- Vegetables – such as mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, and beans
- Fruits – such as applesauce, bananas, and fruit juice
- Treats – including ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, and soft cake
We also recommend that you avoid drinks that are high in sugars and acid, such as soft drinks, juices, and energy drinks. The sugars and acids in these drinks cling around your braces, and increase your chances of cavity and tooth decay. If you drink one of these beverages, brush immediately afterward whenever possible.
If you have any questions about foods or drinks that may damage your appliances, please call our office to speak with a member of our team.