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What You Can & Cannot Eat While Wearing Braces

What You Can & Cannot Eat While Wearing Braces

While braces have become more comfortable and studier over recent years, there are still foods you should avoid eating while you have braces. Our Coquitlam orthodontists explain which foods you can eat, and which foods you cannot eat, while you have braces. 


While you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces, it’s important to understand which foods could increase your risk for cavities or damage your braces. That's why we have put together this handy guide, to help you understand what you can and cannot eat safely, while you have braces.

Foods You Cannot Eat

If you are straightening your teeth with metal braces, you will need to avoid eating any foods that are chewy, sticky, or hard. Foods that fall into these categories can easily damage your braces and slow your treatment.

Some of the foods you should avoid include:

  • Jelly beans
  • Corn chips
  • Hard candy
  • Licorice
  • Bagels
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Carmel candies

Food You Can Eat

Soft foods tend to be gentler on braces and less likely to cause damage. Here are just a few of the foods you can enjoy while undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces:

  • Soft cooked vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Soft fruits (bananas, grapes, etc.)
  • Soft cooked meats
  • Soft tortillas
  • Muffins 
  • Cheeses
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Luncheon meats
  • Pancakes
  • Soups

Food to Eat Cautiously

It's extremely important to avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth while you have braces. So, if you'd like to enjoy eating hard crunchy foods be sure to cut it into small bitesized pieces and chew cautiously to avoid damage to your braces. The following foods can be enjoyed while undergoing braces treatment, if you take the time to cut them into small bitesized pieces: 

  • Hard bread
  • Fresh fruits such as apples 
  • Corn on the cob (removed from the cob)
  • Raw vegetables
Note that, except on special occasions, it's also a good idea to avoid sugary, starchy foods to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease caused by plaque.  

Why follow these guidelines?

Damaging your braces' wires or brackets could slow down your orthodontic treatment. Being careful about what you eat can help you keep your smile healthy and your orthodontic treatment on-track.

To find out more about orthodontic treatment with braces, contact our Coquitlam orthodontists today.