What can I eat with braces?
YOUR NEW DIET
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
BRACES AND EATING
DO NOT EAT HARD…CRUNCHY…STICKY…
Please use your discretion. Some common examples are:
- Doritos /Any Tortilla Chips
- Pizza Crust (give it to mom or dad)
- Popcorn Kernels
- Hard Crusty Breads
- Hard Taco Shells
- All Gum (even non-stick)
- Crunchy Peanut Butter
- Fruit Roll Ups
- Gummy Bears
- Pens and Pencils (no kidding!)
YOU MAY CAREFULLY EAT:
- Whole fruits (cut into “bite-size” pieces)
- Corn on the cob (slice off the cob first)
- Potato chips (one at a time….Pringles are soft)
ACTIVITIES THAT DAMAGE BRACES…
- Contact sports: always wear a mouth guard (we can provide these for you)
- Rough-housing: braces can be easily caught on clothing, pillows and blankets
- “Picking on braces” with fingernails, pens/pencils, or any object that does not belong in your mouth can fracture cements used to adhere orthodontic appliances
- “Big bites”: chewing large quantities of food all at once can loosen, break, bend and damage braces.
BREAKAGE IS A RARE OCCURRENCE…
- There is no charge for the FIRST breakage repair (recementing bands, rebonding brackets, replacing bent wires, etc.)
- If additional damage occurs, charges range from $25 – $45 per repair, and parents are advised to have the patient reimburse them!
- Besides saving your allowance for other spending purposes, taking good care of your appliances will keep you from extending the time you will be wearing braces!
IF SOMETHING BREAKS…
- Call the office (770) 993-9395 for evaluation to either extend the amount of time required for the next visit or to make an additional appointment for repair.
- Save all parts that become loose and are removed from your mouth.
- Bring all broken / loose pieces to your next appointment.
- Loose Brackets that are still attached to the wire should be left on the wire unless uncomfortable.