5 Foods to Avoid With Braces | Orthodontics Frisco, TX | Braces Care

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At Corbridge Orthodontics, our amazing doctors and staff strive to provide you with effective, personalized orthodontic treatment in a stress-free environment. We pride ourselves on offering a variety of treatments to patients of all ages, from traditional type braces to Invisalign. Because we strive to be the premier provider of braces and Invisalign in Frisco, TX and the surrounding areas, we also know that extends into helping educate our patients on proper care of their teeth while undergoing orthodontic treatments. Part of that is knowing which foods to enjoy and which to avoid while wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid

It’s important to avoid certain foods during your orthodontic treatment that can cause damage to your braces and teeth. Your Frisco, Prosper and Little Elm area orthodontist can provide you with further information and tips on foods to avoid, but you can continue reading to find a little bit more now.

Hard or Crunchy Foods

Foods that are hard and/or crunchy can cause damage to wires and brackets if chewed. Some examples of hard and/or crunchy foods to avoid are:

  • Hard bread, such as pizza crust
  • Taco shells
  • Nuts
  • Whole apples
  • Corn on the cob
  • Raw vegetables
  • Hard candy
  • Ice
  • Hard pretzels

Tough, Chewy, and Sticky Foods

As they are often difficult to bite through, tough or chewy foods can also cause damage to brackets and wires, while sticky foods can wrap around these parts and pull on them, damaging or even breaking them off — as well as making your braces difficult to clean. Sticky or chewy foods to avoid include:

  • Bagels and soft pretzels
  • Tough meats like steak and jerky
  • Caramels
  • Gummies
  • Taffy
  • Gum
  • Toffee and other sticky candy

Sugary Food and Drink

While consuming sugary foods in moderation is solid advice regardless, it’s an especially important guideline to follow while wearing braces, as your teeth tend to be more susceptible to tooth decay during braces treatments. A few examples of sugary food and drink to avoid are:

  • Sweet tea and lemonade
  • Soft Drinks
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Cakes and pies

Foods to Enjoy

Although it sounds like a lot of food is off-limits during your braces treatment, there is still a wide variety of foods that can and should be enjoyed while wearing braces!

  • Vegetables cooked until soft
  • Fruits in small, bite-size pieces
  • Bread warmed until soft or soaked in soup
  • Yogurt and cottage cheese
  • Fish, tender pieces of chicken or turkey, and soft lunch meats
  • Eggs
  • Pasta and rice
  • Pudding and applesauce
  • Mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower

Schedule an Appointment with your Frisco Orthodontics Provider Today!

If you’ve been searching for an orthodontist in Frisco, Prosper, and Little Elm, TX that you can trust, look no further than Corbridge Orthodontics. We provide a wide variety of orthodontic treatments, including emergency treatment, to patients of many ages. It’s our mission to provide, effective, personalized treatment in a stress-free environment. If you’re interested in learning more about braces or Invisalign in the Frisco area, contact us today — or simply fill out our convenient online form to get started. We look forward to seeing you!

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