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Eating with Braces

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Tips to Keep Your Braces Safe and Secured

Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. Wires could also become bent or broken without proper care. Patients should maintain good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly between meals.

Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy as well as food and drinks known to cause cavities. Foods like those listed below may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and ultimately extend the length of treatment. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment.

Foods to Avoid

  • Gum
  • Beef jerky
  • Nuts
  • Hard or sticky candy
  • Corn chips
  • Crispy taco shells
  • Whole apples
  • Celery
  • Caramel
  • Taffy
  • Popcorn
  • Soft drinks
  • Candy bars
  • Gummy bears

Any specific questions about food choices should be directed to Dr. Montini and their staff.

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