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Healthy Foods That Are Bad For Your Braces By Award-Winning Kansas City, MO Orthodontist

veggies bad for bracesWhen you have braces, there are definitely food limitations, and some of those limitations are on healthy foods as well as chewy, sticky candy. Fortunately, there are ways around the limitations on some of the healthier foods, which I’ll go over in this post.

Corn On The Cob & Braces

This can be especially challenging during the summer when corn is a staple side for barbecues. If you try to eat corn on the cob with braces, you can damage your braces by bending wires, popping off brackets, or getting corn stuck in your braces.

What’s the solution for eating corn with braces? Cut the corn off of the cob. You may not be able to eat it on the cob, but there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy the wonderful flavor of barbecued corn when you have braces. Bon appétit!

Whole Apples & Braces

This one is a bit of a drag, especially if you believe in the apple a day saying. Fruit is an important part of any diet, and apples are one of the most common kinds of fruit in most households. So how do you get around not being able to just grab an apple and bite into it? If you were to do it anyway, there’s a good chance you may bend a wire or break off a bracket on your braces, which would mean an emergency trip to your Kansas City orthodontist to fix it.

What’s the solution for eating apples with braces? Cut apples into wedges or bite-size pieces so that you can enjoy your fruit without damaging your braces.

Raw Vegetables & Braces

This refers to things like carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli in particular; anything that’s so crunchy or hard that it could damage your braces when you take a bite. Again, the hard foods can cause a bracket to come off of your teeth or the wire to bend.

What’s the solution for eating vegetables with braces? You can either cut the vegetables into small pieces so you don’t have to bite off of them, but what’s ultimately recommended is that you cook your vegetables instead. Even when they’re cut into smaller pieces, there’s still a chance you can damage your braces, which is why we recommend cooking them.

French Bread & Braces

French bread – or any bread with a crunchy crust, for that matter – is bad for your braces! You can eat the soft inside, sure, but taking a bite out of the crunchy crust can easily damage your braces.

What’s the solution for eating bread with braces? Avoid bread or rolls with a crunchy crust. I know – it’s so delicious! But your braces are temporary, and the less damage you cause to them, the faster your treatment will be done.

Multigrain Bread & Braces

If you’re a fan of bread with nuts, grains, or seeds baked into it, unfortunately you won’t be able to eat it for a while if you have braces. Any nuts or seeds you eat can get stuck or bend or break your braces.

What’s the solution for eating multigrain bread with braces? You can still eat whole grain bread as long as it doesn’t contain any nuts or seeds. You don’t have to go to the extreme and start eating white bread; you should just avoid any kind of bread with whole seeds or nuts in it.

Do you have any questions regarding eating another type of food with braces? We’re here to help you in any way we can, so give us a call today at (816) 759-0123.

Read more food tips with braces from the American Dental Association blog here.


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