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Eating With Braces

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When eating with braces, be careful to protect your teeth and braces. Eating certain foods can be damaging to braces or cause pain. And, the wires and brackets in braces create numerous tiny spaces under and between the bands and wires, making teeth more difficult to thoroughly clean. Below is information to help you focus on reducing your risk of damage to braces, pain, accelerated tooth decay, or permanent discoloration of teeth.

Choose Soft, Non-Sticky, Non-Chewy Foods.

Eat foods that are the least likely to cause damage to your braces or pain to your teeth. Steam your vegetables to make them softer to bite. Foods that are recommended for eating with braces include soup, mashed potatoes, yogurt, pasta, soft cheeses, soft meats (without bones) such as deli meats, chicken, and, meatballs, applesauce, pudding, bananas, seafoods (without bones) like fish or crab cakes, eggs, cooked beans, pancakes, soft breads, biscuits, muffins, ice cream or milkshake, and Jello.

Avoid Foods That May Damage Your Braces.

Avoid sticky, chewy, hard, or crunchy foods. These can break, bend, or loosen the bands, wires or brackets of your braces, or cause pain, or prolong your need to wear braces. When eating with braces, avoid hard, thick, sticky, or chewy cookies and candy. Avoid nuts, sticky or crunchy peanut butter, apples or other raw hard vegetables or fruits (unless cut into very small pieces), chewy breads (unless torn into very small pieces), popcorn, and chewing gum.

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