Things You Should Not Eat When Wearing Braces

Braces are permanently fixed in your mouth for the duration of the treatment. Each bracket is bonded to individual teeth, and the archwire is attached to the brackets using bands. Our expert in braces may recommend avoiding certain foods to reduce the risk of damage to the braces or injury from a broken archwire.

Some potentially risky foods include:


  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Gum
  • Hard or sticky candy
  • Ice
  • Hard cookies, crackers or chips
  • Pretzels
  • Hard or sticky chocolates
  • Caramels

Other foods may need to be cut into bite-sized pieces in order to protect your braces. These include raw vegetables, apples, corn on the cob, meat, pizza and fleshy fruits. Anything particularly hard or sticky should be avoided, while foods that need to be bitten into should be cut to reduce the risk of a broken wire or bracket.

Some foods may seem unlikely to damage your braces, but they can still cause problems. Chips, crackers and similarly starchy foods can stick to your teeth and brackets, which makes it hard to clean them. You may need to limit these foods or take a few extra minutes to ensure that you have cleaned all traces of them from your teeth.

After your braces are adjusted, you may experience some tenderness. A soft diet can help you get the nutrients you need without causing discomfort. Good food choices include pasta, bananas, yogurt, pudding, potatoes, melons, cheese and other similar soft foods. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in braces.