Dr. Matt Beecroft

Types of Food that Braces Don’t Like

Four types of food you should NOT eat if you have braces

When people are ready to get braces, one of the most common questions they have is: “Which food should I eat and which should I avoid?”

Sticky Food

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I’ll highlight four categories of food you should avoid or limit while wearing braces:

1.) Sticky food

The reason you want to avoid sticky foods like caramel and Laffy Taffy is you chew on them, they tear off, and leave residual food particles above the braces (particularly in the back where you chew most). Now, when that happens, the food gets stuck, making it hard to clean and get out. Then, the food just sits there, attracting bacteria and plaque to that area. And, there’s nothing worse than having food stuck up there for days, because the gums get inflamed, redden, and become “angry,” resorting in many side effects. So, avoid sticky food because it tends to get stuck in the braces; makes it hard to clean the braces; and causes several problems for your gums and teeth.

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