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Foods to Avoid

When you are undergoing orthodontic treatment to achieve your most beautiful smile, you’ll want to do whatever it takes to be successful. Wearing traditional braces means making a few adjustments to your diet. Dr. Baharak at Smiles For Life Orthodontics in Park Slope will provide a complete list of foods to avoid so that you don’t damage your braces.

Hard foods:

It can be hazardous on your braces to eat hard foods. You run the risk of breaking wires or brackets with foods like these:

  • Crispy taco shells
  • Nuts
  • Bagels
  • Pizza crust
  • Raw carrots
  • Chips
  • Corn on the cob

Sticky foods:

Unless you want sticky foods getting stuck in your braces and perhaps loosening or pulling off your wires or brackets, steer clear of foods like these:

  • Gum
  • Caramel
  • Toffee
  • Licorice
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Starburst

Sugary foods:

If you have a sweet tooth, you can still enjoy sugary foods if you don’t overdo it. Minimize foods like these to lower the risk of sugar causing tooth decay or other oral health problems:

  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Candy
  • Pie
  • Soda
  • Gatorade

Sweet tea