Foods To Avoid With Braces

You will probably want to eat only soft foods for the first few days after you get your appliances (braces) or after each adjustment. The rest of the time you can eat almost anything, but certain foods can damage your appliances and should be avoided. You should NOT eat:

  • Crunchy Foods - any nuts or seeds, peanut brittle, popcorn, ice, frozen items, hard bacon, granola, hard cereals
  • Raw Fruits and Vegetables - raw apples, pears, carrots, celery, radishes (note: if cooked or cut finely, they can be eaten)
  • Hard Breads - bagels, french or italian bread, pizza crust, tacos, tortilla chips, breads or cookies with nuts
  • Finger Foods - corn on the cob, spare ribs, meat left on the bone such as chicken wings, steak or shops
  • Chewy Foods - gum, taffy, caramel, chewy candy, candy apples
  • Sugary Foods - candy bars, lolly pops, non-diet soft-drinks, other high sugar content foods

Caution: Not every single item has been listed in each category. You should use your best judgment, if you think it’s too hard or too sticky: DO NOT EAT IT! Each time you eat the wrong thing and something breaks or loosens on your braces, it lengthens the time you will have your braces on.