Foods To Avoid With Braces

Braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment. They gradually move your teeth to the best and healthiest position as determined by a licensed orthodontist, such as Dr. Ingrid Barillas or Dr. Rodolfo Sanchez of Dental Specialists of New York in NYC, as well as Manhattan and Midtown East NYC. Although braces are a great thing, there are a few things to consider when choosing to pursue treatment.

Foods to avoid with braces

  • Dental hygiene and brushing your teeth is even more important, now. Brackets and wires can make cleaning your teeth properly, more difficult, which means you may be more susceptible to cavities.
  • In instances where your braces break, you’ll need the orthodontist to provide a fix on your next visit. Yes, accidents do happen, but with a little extra care, you can avoid issues that could slow down the process of correcting your crooked teeth.
  • Whether you just got adult braces, or your child just saw a children’s orthodontist, it may not be ready to jump back into your normal eating routine, right away. For the first few days, anything too hard or too crispy might be difficult to eat due to some discomfort and/or soreness.
  • Sticky and hard candies are the most obvious foods to avoid with braces that comes to mind. Candies described as sticky and hard can get caught in your braces and knock brackets and wires loose. Also, it’s considered not safe to try harder foods like popcorn, pretzels, seeds and nuts while on braces. In addition to that, tough-to-chew meats can cause problems as well.

You may be wondering what foods to eat instead of foods to avoid with braces. Never fear! There are delicious options that will keep your teeth and tummy happy. Here’s a delicious recipe that’s perfect to eat with braces, clear braces, and/or Invisalign!

Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

foods to avoid with braces

Let’s Talk Teeth!

Do you have braces? Is there a food that you can eat with braces that we may have overlooked? Let us know!
There is a lot to consider when deciding if braces are the right choice for you. Dr. Barillas, Dr. Sanchez, and the team at Dental Specialists of New York can help pin point the best option for you once they have evaluated your condition and learned more about your lifestyle (including what foods you eat, regularly). As an orthodontist in NYC, Dr. Barillas or Dr. Sanchez work hard to create a comfortable environment for current and new patients, alike.

If you are interested in braces, clear braces, or Invisalign, be sure to contact Dental Specialists of New York in NYC to schedule a FREE braces consultation!


Dr. Ingrid Barillas, Dr. Rodolfo Sanchez, and the team at Dental Specialists of New York are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, dental braces, and clear braces in Park Slope NY, Sunset Park NY, Brooklyn NY, NYC, Manhattan, or Midtown East NYC, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Barillas or Dr. Sanchez, contact Dental Specialists of New York at: (212) 661-2192 or (718) 439-2822.

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