Foods to Avoid

Recommended Foods To Avoid While Wearing Braces

Wearing braces might be a new thing for you, and there are some new habits you’ll have to create. As your local Merced, Los Banos, and Fresno orthodontists, we recommend avoiding certain foods so as to keep your braces intact and properly functioning. The following are our recommendations, but it is also a good idea to use common sense. If something seems like it would fall into one of the following categories, it is best to avoid it.

Hard Foods

Your wires and brackets are more fragile than you might assume. Certain hard foods can cause damage to them, requiring you to visit our office for a repair between regularly scheduled adjustments. Some hard foods to avoid include:

  • Raw apples and carrots
  • Stiff bread crust, rolls, bagels, or pizza crust
  • Nuts
  • Potato chips
  • Corn on the cob
  • Tortilla chips or hard taco shells

Sticky Foods

Sticky foods will get stuck and lodged between the orthodontic equipment in your mouth. As they rest in that place, they will begin to cause tooth decay. Because they are sticky, it is harder for you to remove them from your appliances, even with floss or a pick. Some sticky foods include:

  • Taffy and caramels
  • Gum, even if it is sugar-free
  • Toffee
  • Licorice

Sugary Foods

Even sugary foods that will not necessarily stick to your appliances should be avoided with braces. Sugar loves to decay your teeth and will cause a variety of other dental problems. Sugary foods to avoid include cake, cookies, ice cream, and pie. Sugary drinks such as Kool-Aid, soda, sweet tea, and Gatorade have the same effect and should only rarely be had.

Contact Us For More Information!

To learn more about what you should and should not put into your mouth with braces, contact Orthodontics Exclusively today to speak with your local orthodontists. There are also some guidelines you should know about if you are using Invisalign so be sure to get in touch with us today. Call us in Merced at (209) 723-3776, Los Banos at (209) 827-8705, or Fresno at (559) 435-5300, or fill in our online request form and we will be in touch shortly. We look forward to hearing from you soon!