10 Worst Foods to Eat if You Have Braces

Metal braces can be annoying when it’s time to eat lunch or dinner. Especially at first, when it can feel so frustrating to have to change your eating habits. But if you don’t be a little more cautious about those sticky foods you love, you’re going to have a hard time keeping your braces clean. Sticky foods like crunchy peanut butter can get little pieces caught between the wires and brackets of your braces. Since keeping your braces clean is already tough, you should try to avoid making your life harder – just for a little while.

But if you make a few adjustments to how you eat – just for a little while – you may even be able to get those braces off more quickly. Even better? Start to imagine the new you that people are going to see when the braces are removed.

You can do this. Here are 10 foods to try to stay away from while your braces are on.

Top 10 Bad-for-Braces-Foods

This list is certainly not all-inclusive. Once you get the hang of the kinds of foods to avoid, you may even think of more foods to add to the list. Lots of these foods are kind of addictive, so that makes it even harder to keep away from them while you’re wearing braces. But remember – there is light at the end of this particular tunnel in your life. Soon those braces will be gone and you can sit down to a feast of these forbidden foods. Just remember to floss and brush afterward.

Okay, here we go:

  1. Cookies and crackers that are hard.
  2. Crunchy corn chips.
  3. Gum.
  4. Ice.
  5. Hard taco shells.
  6. Nuts.
  7. Popcorn.
  8. Pretzels.
  9. Sticky or crunchy chocolate items.
  10. Sticky or hard candies.


But wait; there’s more. We have another list of foods that you can eat (Whew!) but they need to be cut up small in order to eat them. For example:

  • Bagels or any sort of really chewy bread. Pizza should be cut up into smaller bits.
  • Apples or pears or any other crunchy fruit.
  • Carrots and other crunchy veggies should be cut up.
  • Anything that is hard to eat if you don’t have braces – corn or spareribs, for example.

Just when you start to think you’ll never eat popcorn again, you’ll be at the end of these restrictions. In our next article we’ll give you our best suggestions for the (still yummy) foods you can eat, so don’t lose hope. We believe in you!

Tips for Keeping Your Braces Cleaner

Just like you did before braces, always floss and brush your teeth. The floss can be threaded through spaces in the braces. It’s going to take a little longer, but you want to be sure to keep your teeth clean during this process. Tip: Pick up some “floss threaders” at the drugstore to make the job easier.

If you have any questions about how to keep your braces cleaner, call Dr. Truman’s team. We’re here to help.

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