If you love food, then braces are going to be one of the worst things that can happen to you. As you know, they’re attached with glue which means that it doesn’t take much to break those bonds. If that happens, well, let’s just say you’ll be spending more time than you want in your orthodontist’s office.
No hard foods: anything that may cause cracking or so forth should be avoided. This includes things like nuts, brittle, ice, etc. Chewy, crusty bread is also going to be tough to chew with braces on.
No sticky foods: Sticky foods can stick to your braces and cause them to pull out. This means no gummi bears, sticky candy, toffee, gum or anything of that sort. If you’re Asian, sorry, but Mochi balls and anything glutinous is also out.
No sugary foods: This will make life easier. We promise. Braces make it harder to keep your teeth clean and foods high in sugar will help feed the bacteria that causes cavities. If you want to eat any foods that are high in sugar, be sure to brush your teeth immediately to keep the bacteria from growing.
If you aren’t sure what fits into those categories, here’s just a short list: jerky, suckers, carrots, pretzels, popcorn, nuts, ribs, chips, pizza crust, crusty breads, corn, caramel, toffee, brittle, sugar, crème brulee.
What can I eat with braces on?
There’s still a lot of food that you can eat! Some of the things include meatloaf, eggs, slices of cheese, soup, braised meats, stews, porridge, oatmeal, cottage cheese, soft slices of bread (sandwiches may be difficult), olives, fish, pancakes, yogurt, pasta, noodles, rice.