With more than 20 years of experience in providing quality orthodontic care, Dr. Dixon Taylor operates his own private practice in Concord, California. To help his patients protect the health of their teeth and gums as well as the integrity of their orthodontic appliances, Dr. Dixon Taylor recommends that they avoid eating certain foods while undergoing treatment with braces.
Braces are a major financial investment, and patients should take certain precautions when eating to avoid loosening or breaking their appliances. Foods that can damage brackets and wires include anything sticky, hard, or chewy, such as popcorn, gummy bears, corn on the cob, hard pretzels, nuts, and bagels. Patients can, however, eat some hard foods such as apples and carrots if they cut them into small, bite-sized pieces.
Orthodontic appliances also make oral hygiene a challenge, but patients can help preserve their oral health by brushing and flossing regularly as well as avoiding certain foods and drinks that are known to weaken tooth enamel. Specifically, sugary snacks and acidic fruits, sodas, and sports drinks should be avoided, as they can demineralize the tooth enamel, making teeth vulnerable to decay.