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Braces are successful and dependable appliances that will gradually give you the smile you have always dreamed of, but sometimes they can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and troublesome, especially while you are eating. But we are here to help you love your braces more and more each day! To help make that happen, we have provided three lists that can help you refrain from breaking and destroying your orthodontic appliance as well as help you finally achieve the smile you have always wanted.

This first list contains the food orthodontists strongly recommend avoiding:

• Caramel
• Nuts
• Gooey chocolate bars
• Chunky peanut butter
• Popcorn
• Hard candies
• Gum
• Chewy candy, like taffy or gummy bears
• Pretzels
• Ice
• Corn chips
• Hard cookies or crackers

This second list includes the foods we ask you to cut into small pieces before you eat them:

• Raw vegetables
• French/Italian bread
• Corn on the cob
• Meat
• Fruit, especially apples
• Burgers
• Chewy bread
• Pizza

This third list includes the foods we encourage you to eat while you have braces:

• Hulless popcorn
• Yogurt
• Cheese
• Soft or light crackers or cookies
• Melons
• Mashed potatoes
• Grapes
• Bananas
• Peanut butter and jelly
• Soup
• Soft pastas, like ravioli, spaghetti, and macaroni and cheese

If you follow these guidelines, your braces will remain in tip-top shape and you will never experience the pain that results in a broken bracket after you’ve eaten hard foods. Call our office today to learn more about the best and worst foods to eat while you have braces!