If you are being treated with braces, it is important to know which foods are okay and which ones you should avoid. Although braces brackets are adhered to your teeth, they can be broken off if you bite something that is too hard. Braces also create more small spaces in your mouth for food to get trapped in. If food gets stuck in one of these spaces, it can cause tooth decay, gum infection, and other serious oral problems.

girl with braces smilingIt is also important to avoid certain foods because the braces bracket is adhered to your teeth. Eating or drinking foods that are high in sugar or acid can cause your teeth to change color. However, the portion of your tooth where the bracket is adhered to will not change color. When your braces are removed, you could have discolored boxes on the front of your teeth.

To help you avoid any of the above issues and more, Dr. Maynard Davenport recommends following the guidelines below. Braces and other orthodontic appliances can be extremely effective, but something as ordinary as food can cause damage or delay to your treatment. Our team at Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics wants to help you have a successful treatment where you can keep your beautiful smile during, and after your treatment.

Foods That Are Okay

  • Cheese
  • Pudding
  • Milk-based drinks
  • Muffins without nuts
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Soft cooked chicken
  • Meatballs
  • Fish
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Milkshakes
  • Jell-O

Foods That Should be Cut Up

  • Raw vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Croutons
  • Meat
  • Burgers
  • Corn on the cob

Food to Avoid

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Sticky and hard candy
  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Hard cookies and crackers
  • Pizza Crust or bread with hard crust
  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Energy and Sports drinks
  • Kool-Aid

If you have questions about what foods are okay to eat with braces or other orthodontic appliances, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist by contacting us at 928-367-2939. Our team is happy to help you get the most out of your treatment.


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