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Claudio Caycedo, DDS, PA

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Foods to Avoid

Braces and eating habits

Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive, but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well-balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.   

Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.   

The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat while wearing braces:  

gum beef jerky nuts hard or sticky candy
corn chips crisp taco shells whole apples celery
caramel taffy popcorn soft drinks
candy bars

Eating restricted foods and lack of care for orthodontic appliances may cause problems which will result in extra visits and repairs that will ultimately extend the length of orthodontic treatment. You will have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific braces questions about food choices should be directed to Dr. Caycedo and the staff.

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