Caring for Your Braces: A Guide to Smart Eating Choices

Embracing your orthodontic journey with braces is an exciting step towards a beautiful smile. Dr. Cruz uses a special adhesive to ensure your braces stay securely attached to your teeth. However, to maintain them properly and ensure a smooth treatment process, it's crucial to be mindful of your diet. Certain foods can potentially damage your braces or slow down your progress, so understanding what to eat and what to avoid is key

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Taking care of your braces involves more than just regular brushing and flossing; it also includes making the right dietary choices. Foods that are hard, chewy, or sticky can be particularly harmful to braces, leading to damage or unnecessary dental visits for repairs. To protect your braces and ensure a comfortable treatment experience, it’s important to avoid certain types of foods that can cause issues. This not only helps keep your braces intact but also contributes to the overall health of your teeth during treatment.

Foods to Avoid

  • Ice

  • Taffy and caramel

  • Hard chips

  • Candy bars, Jolly Ranchers, and other hard candies

  • Popcorn & nuts

  • Hard fruits like carrots, pears, apples (unless cut into small pieces)

  • Meat on the bone (meat should be cut off)

  • Corn on the cob (slice off the cob)

  • Pizza crust, bagels, and other hard or crunchy breads (break into bite-size pieces)

  • Non-food items like pencils, pens, and fingernails