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Foods to Avoid

Information From Your Local Nashua Orthodontists

There has never been a better time to wear braces! Advancements in orthodontic care have made braces more comfortable and easier to wear than ever before. Your favorite Hollis, Nashua, and Amherst orthodontists, Dr. James R. Metcalf and Dr. Alana Bednarz, along with their entire professional team, want to help you easily adjust to your new smile. Our biggest goal is to help you get through your orthodontic care smoothly and receive beautiful, straight teeth at the end. Since eating is often the biggest concern of our patients, we decided to write down some of our best tips. Consider this your own personal guide for food and braces!

Eating With Braces

After our doctors have placed your braces, or you receive an adjustment, your teeth and gums may feel tender. It is best to eat soft foods until the feeling subsides. Remember to select foods that will be gentle on your appliances and do not contain a lot of excess sugar.

While you should eat soft foods during tender times of your orthodontic treatment, you are not limited to creamy foods all the time. In fact, you can mostly enjoy the same types of food you ate prior to receiving your braces. There are a few general exceptions though, including:

  • Sticky Foods – Avoid chewing gum, caramels, toffee, or soft, chewy candies like Starburst or Sugar Daddies. These can yank your hardware and cause damage to your braces.
  • Hard Foods – Hard foods can chip away at your appliances, so it is best to avoid ice, nuts, raw veggies (cooked veggies is ok), corn on the cob, apples, taco shells, and hard breads.
  • Sugary Foods – With braces, food can become trapped easily. Sugary food is especially harmful as it causes decay to teeth. Minimize sugary items like ice cream, cake, cookies, and candy. It is okay to occasionally indulge in sugary drinks like soda, Gatorade, or Kool-Aid.

Contact Us Today For More Information!

Do you have more questions about what foods to eat with braces? Contact a team member at our practice today! We are a full service practice offering high quality orthodontic care, including Invisalign® services. Give us a call at (603) 882-2101 and one of our friendly, helpful staff members will be happy to assist you in any way they can. We look forward to seeing your smile soon!