Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Eating With Braces

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Now that you have your braces, what foods can you still enjoy? While some foods are off limits, don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! 

However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances. 

Please do not eat hard foods, including nuts, ice, crisp taco shells, whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first), hard French bread crust and rolls, spare ribs, corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating) and popcorn! These foods can cause breakage of the brackets and wires. Also avoid nail-biting and pen- or pencil-chewing habits, since these can damage your braces. Do not eat sticky foods like taffy, caramels, bubblegum or sticky candy of any sort. 

Foods to AVOID with braces
  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice 
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice 
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum 
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies 
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots 
Foods you CAN eat with braces
  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks 
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts 
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice 
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats 
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes 

Remember: Excessive broken appliances due to careless eating habits may result in additional charges for repair.

If you have any questions about which foods may be harmful to your braces, please don't hesitate to ask one of our team members at your next appointment with Spannhake Orthodontics.

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