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Foods you can't eat with braces

Updated on August 31, 2010


Orthodontic devices are used to straighten the teeth or reposition the teeth. Sometimes they can be used to adjust underlying bone. The ideal age for starting orthodontic treatment is between ages 3 to 12 years. Teeth can be moved by removable appliances or by fixed braces. Dental braces are fitted by an orthodontist or a dentist.

Types of braces:

  • Stainless steel braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Gold braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Invisalign dental braces

Below you will find some of the foods you can't eat with braces.

Corn on the cob should be avoided with braces
Corn on the cob should be avoided with braces

List of foods to avoid with braces:

1. Hard foods: Anything that is hard cannot be chewed with braces on. It can break brackets, loose bands or bend wires. Some of the hard foods include ice, pizza crusts, baby back ribs, corn on the cob, hard tacos, peanut brittel, bagels, french bread crust or rolls, dried fruits, chips such as tortilla chips and cheetos, chicken wings and popcorn. Other foods include veggies and fruits such as carrots and apples. You can eat these foods if you cut into bite sized pieces or fully cooked. Otherwise you can avoid these foods altogether. Also remove stones from fruit (peaches and plums) before biting on them.

2. Sticky foods: Some of the sticky foods include sugar daddies, toffee, tootie rolls, gummy bears, caramels, licorice, starburst, bubble gum such as plain gum and bubblegum candies.These foods can get caught between brackets and wires.

3. Sugary foods: Sugary foods such as ice cream, cake, jelly, chocolates, doughnuts, jam, jaggery, pie, maple syrup, artificial sweetners, cream, cookies, and desserts should be avoided with braces. These foods can feed the bacteria and damage your teeth. If you do eat sugary foods once in a while, make sure to brush your teeth after eating.

4. Acidic foods: You should also avoid acidic foods with braces such as lemons and sodas.

5. Sodas and energy drinks: Avoid soft drinks such as coke and fanta. Also energy drinks such as red bull has full of sugar which can cause your teeth to decay quickly.

Other precautions:

Do not bite on pen, pencils, and finger nails as they break parts of your braces. It is important to check with your doctor for bent or loose wires and brackets. In case of loose wire or bent, call your doctor's office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.


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      Kevin 13 months ago

      I find this type stupid because I am 15 years old with braces and this is literally telling me I can't eat anything I grew up with. I guess it's helpful but it's nothing I can't just a call up my orthodontist and ask about. I wanted to know what sweets I couldn't eat and this website is telling me I can't eat soft nor hard sweets, contradictory to what other websites I went on, saying I can eat things such as doughnuts, chocolate(without nuts) and even more as long as I brush afterwords. Follow this and you won't live a life you would like.

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      McKay 4 years ago

      Tacos,,soda and candy. Three of my favorite things. Damn..!

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      Lachlan 4 years ago

      Getting braces today

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      kiera 5 years ago

      thanks cause i am getting braces

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      hina 5 years ago

      i m getting braces soon thnnx infromation,,,,,

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      ;) 5 years ago

      thanks i ganna get braces soon and i wanted to know what u couldn't eat dang it im ganna miss the candy the most.......

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      dontworryaboutit 5 years ago

      Thanks I am getting braces soon.........

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      hehe 5 years ago

      im getting mine soon ahh im gonna die u cant eat anything good

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      Musmus 5 years ago

      Dear god im gonna die of starvation....... But thanks for the info!:)

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      brace face babe 5 years ago

      can't eat any thing !!!

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      ovais 5 years ago

      Thanks it was really helpful because I have braces and I want to know what not to eat.

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      :) :D 5 years ago

      Thanks Im getting braces 2morro but I don't want to wait till then to c what I can and can't eat!!!!

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      riki 5 years ago

      what is left to eat!!!

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      Brooke 6 years ago

      This was useful thanks a lot I am getting them on ere.

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      alexis 6 years ago

      thanks for that it i going to help me a lot because ive got to get braces soon so thanks a lot bye

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      skyler 6 years ago

      This was really helpful thx!!!