Foods To Avoid With Braces

There are many advantages to having braces – including a better bite, better oral hygiene, and a confident and beautiful smile. However, one of the small disadvantages is that they require you to use extra caution when eating. At Utah Orthodontic Care, we strive to give you the best smile in the Salt Lake City area, which is why we work hard to ensure that you are taking good care of your braces. Some foods should be avoided throughout your orthodontic treatment; others can still be eaten if you promise to put in extra effort to protect your braces. For some fun, braces-friendly recipes, visit our Pinterest board!

What Should I Not Eat With Braces?

As much as we hate cutting you off from some of these delicious treats, they pose a serious threat to your brackets and wires. Just think of how much better they will taste when you’re eating them with a straight, braces-free smile! For now, stay away from:

  • Hard Candy
  • Beef Jerky
  • Taffy
  • Ice
  • Pizza Crust
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts & Seeds

It is also important to avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth. Fruits, raw veggies, hard breads, and other hard foods should be cut or broken up before you try to eat them. 

Perfect Braces-Friendly Snacks

There are still many delicious food options available while you have braces. Some of our favorite soft, flavorful snack options include:

  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Grapes

Contact Utah Orthodontic Care For All Of Your Questions!

It is always essential to maintain a nutritious diet to keep your teeth healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. As your bones and tissue go through changes, it is important to get all of the important nutrients your body needs to be the most receptive. If you have any questions about what foods to eat, or other tips for life with braces, we encourage you to call Utah Orthodontic Care at 1-801-999-4431, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our convenient online form to schedule a complimentary consultation.