8 Food Items to Avoid when Wearing Dental Braces

Dental braces are used to move crooked teeth into a straighter position, improving the form and function of the smile. If you wear braces, there are certain food items that you should avoid in order to protect your orthodontic appliance.

What should you avoid eating when wearing braces?

Hard Candies

The stickiness and hardness of candies can damage to your braces.

Popcorn or Pretzels

Small bits of popcorn or pretzels can get stuck between the braces parts, and may be difficult to remove.


Bagels are hard to chew or bite on and can cause damage to dental braces.

Caramel or Taffy

Chewy caramel or taffy can stick to the teeth and to the braces, and will be very hard to remove afterwards.

Nuts and Chunky Peanut Butter

The pieces of nuts will easily go through the small spaces between the teeth and the metal parts of the braces, and will be difficult to remove completely.


Gum will easily stick to the parts of the braces, and may take a long time to remove.

Corn on the Cob

Trying to bite on corn that’s still on the cob can damage dental braces.

Soda and High-Sugar Drinks

These drinks make dental braces wearers more susceptible to tooth decay development.

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