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Can I Eat That? Guide to Eating with Braces

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While braces are beneficial for creating a beautiful smile you can show off, there are a few things to keep in mind while wearing braces, such as what to avoid food-wise, for example.

What can I eat with braces?

While you can still enjoy some of your favorite foods and beverages with braces, there are some you’ll want to avoid in order to prevent damage to the metal brackets and wires holding them in place. Sticky, chewy foods are generally a good idea to avoid when wearing braces, as are hard foods and those which can chip teeth or permanently damage your braces.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

There are a few types of food and drinks you’ll want to avoid with braces. Here’s what to stay away from when you’re working to make your smile more naturally beautiful.

Sticky Foods

Sticky foods can increase your chances of developing cavities and tooth decay, and they can also wreak havoc on braces. In addition to getting stuck to the wires and brackets of your braces, sticky foods like caramel and hot fudge can also be difficult to remove from the surface of your teeth if they become stuck between your teeth and your braces.

Even flossing products developed for people with braces can make it hard to reach these areas. If food becomes stuck between your teeth and your braces, this significantly increases your chances of developing a cavity, damaging your braces, or preventing the ideal amount of movement of your teeth. You don’t want to spend the next few months in braces all for naught. Avoid these foods which can delay your progress and impede your investment if you want to see the best results.

Chewy Foods

Chewy foods can also damage the sensitive components of your braces, and they can also make chewing more painful for those who wear braces. It’s recommended that children and adults who wear braces steer clear of chewy foods such as: 

  • Bagels, Breads, and Baked Goods
  • Chocolate
  • Granola Bars
  • Pizza

Bowl of Candy


Candy that is sticky, chewy, and full of sugar (is there any candy that doesn’t fall into one of those categories?), then it’s best to avoid it if you don’t want damaged braces. In addition, candy is one of the leading causes of cavities and tooth decay, which is why we recommend avoiding it.  


Sticky, chewy, and crunchy candies are best to avoid, but if you have a craving for sugar you just can’t satisfy, try dark chocolate, which has antioxidants and can also be easily removed from teeth and braces with brushing and flossing, unlike caramel, gum, and other candies.


Gum is by far the biggest culprit of broken brackets and wires that we’ve seen. It’s tempting to chew on gum at work or school, but in addition to providing no nutritional value whatsoever, gum can cause cavities and it can seriously impede your progress when it comes to creating a naturally radiant smile with the help of braces. If you don’t want to have to dish out more money to repair or replace your braces or aligners, skip the gum and choose a more braces-friendly snack alternative.

Glass of Soda


Soda is bad for your teeth and bad for your health. In addition to staining your teeth, soda is highly acidic and causes permanent damage to the sensitive enamel of your teeth which protects them from infection, decay, and other dangers. It’s best to avoid sodas whether you wear braces or not.  

Hard Foods

Foods you have to bite into should also be avoided. This would include foods like:

  • Apples
  • Banana Chips
  • Corn on the Cob


Posted by Jake Bateman at 11:28 AM
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