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Dietary Considerations While Wearing Braces

August 24, 2020 7:28 pm

Braces are a great way to improve the health and appearance of your smile! Whether you’re looking to correct mild gaps or major misalignment, our team can fit you with modern braces to help you achieve a picture-perfect smile.

When you receive your braces, we will help you know how to maintain great oral health throughout the straightening process. This involves giving recommendations for what to include in your diet. Here, we’ll go over some key foods and drinks to avoid while straightening your teeth. We also suggest nutritious foods to include in your diet!

What to Avoid


Chewy foods include foods like taffy, caramel, gummy candy, licorice, bagels, and steak. These foods can potentially break off your brackets or damage your wires. Additionally, do not chew gum while wearing braces.

Hard & Crunchy

Hard and crunchy foods include almonds, tough rolls and hard bread, hard candy and jawbreakers, corn on the cob, whole apples, ice, some chips and pretzels, popcorn, and corn nuts. Similar to chewy foods, when you eat hard and crunchy foods, you run the risk of deforming the wire of your braces and popping off a bracket.


Examples of sugary foods and drinks include dried fruit, candy, pastries, juice, soda, crackers, and chips. The sugary particles can get stuck around your brackets and in hard-to-reach places. Bacteria feast upon sugar and produce acidic byproducts that increase your risk of tooth decay, cavities, bad breath, and discoloration.

What to Eat with Braces

While there are some foods and drinks to be cautious of during your orthodontic treatment, there are still plenty of delicious, healthy foods out there. Some of these foods include:

  • String Cheese
  • Tender Meat
  • Fish
  • Low Sugar Yogurt
  • Pudding
  • Quinoa, Pasta & Rice
  • Beans
  • Whole Wheat Soft Bread & Tortillas
  • Soup
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Soft Nuts, Like Cashews & Pecans
  • & More!

Schedule Your Consultation for Braces in Weatherford, TX

Are you looking into getting braces? We’d love for you to schedule a consultation at Meason Orthodontics in Weatherford, TX. Our team is ready and equipped to help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile!


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