Foods to Avoid

Foods To Avoid With Braces

Foods to Avoid With Braces.

At Travers Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in offering the best orthodontic care and treatments to help you obtain the smile of your dreams. While braces may be a critical part of fulfilling this vision, they can also make life a little difficult when it comes to eating. Certain foods can damage your braces and disrupt your treatment process, so you need to be more conscious of what you are eating and drinking during treatment at our Irving, TX office.

Travers Orthodontics Suggests That Patients Avoid...

Hard Foods

Avoid things like nuts, raw vegetables (like carrots), hard breads (like pizza crust) and other foods that require you to bite down hard. These kinds of foods can damage your braces with just one bad bite and will compromise your treatment. Even foods like popcorn kernels or hard lollipops can easily be bitten on accident, so it’s often best to avoid them all together.

Sticky Foods

Gum, caramel, peanut butter, molasses, maple syrup, and other similarly sticky foods will get stuck in between your brackets and wires. This will make it especially difficult for cleaning by yourself or Dr. Travers. A critical part of your orthodontic treatment is keeping the areas around braces and between teeth as clean as possible, whether you’ve chosen traditional or clear braces.


Ice is fine to have in your drink or to suck on, but please make sure that you never bite down on ice while wearing braces. This is the most common reason for damaged braces, from bent wires to stripped brackets, and can cause unfortunate setbacks in your treatment process with your orthodontist.

Tough Meats

Well done steaks, beef, or pork that are tough to chew will loosen the wires and brackets of braces when you try to take a bite, no matter how small. Tough meats like jerky can be particularly detrimental. As your orthodontist can tell you in person, the toughness and force used to rip the mean are not good for your teeth, and especially dangerous for your braces.

In General, Use Common Sense...

As with any dental treatment, common sense is your best bet when it comes to caring for your braces. If a food is questionable to you, it’s best to stay away. Since you already know the main textures to avoid - hard, sticky, and chewy - exercise your best judgement when determining what not to eat, and stick with softer textures. Consider avoiding any particularly sugary food, especially drinks like soda, because your teeth are particularly susceptible to cavities during orthodontic treatment. Remember that Travers Orthodontics is here for you to answer any questions you may have about your treatment as we make progress with your regular braces or clear braces.

Try Instead…

Orthodontists suggest some staple, softer food options, like the following:

  • Cooked vegetables
  • Soft fruits (peaches, berries, citrus)
  • Cooked pasta/rice
  • Eggs
  • Most dairy products
  • Tender meats (chicken, meatballs, seafood)
  • Soft breads (muffins, pancakes, tortillas, donuts)

There are many foods that are safe to eat with braces. The important thing is that orthodontic patients stay aware of what they’re eating and think ahead by preparing options like smoothies, potatoes, and the foods listed about as alternatives to riskier foods.

Contact Your Irving, TX Orthodontist!

If you have any questions about your diet and regular braces or clear braces, we’re always happy to asist. Please give us a call at 972-910-8202 with any concerns related to our services and treatments or request an appointment online today! Dr. Travers and the rest of our team at Travers Orthodontics can’t wait to hear from you!

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