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Eating With Braces

As long as you're careful, and keep a few limitations in mind, wearing braces shouldn't limit your diet too much! 


What can you eat?

You probably already have some idea of what you should and shouldn't eat while wearing braces. Essentially, anything that can cause damage to your braces is off limits!

For the first few days you have your braces, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables.

You'll be able to bite a cucumber again before long. But you'll still need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.

Eating With Braces, Langley Orthodontist

Foods to Avoid

In general, try to avoid the following types of food:

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips.
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum.
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Keep in mind also, if you're in the habit of chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails), this can damage your braces, which will result in your treatment taking longer than planned.

Above all, use your best judgement. If you it looks like it could damage your braces, don't eat it!


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