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What can I eat with braces?

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:

  • Ice
  • Doritos /Any Tortilla Chips
  • Pizza Crust (give it to mom or dad)
  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Hard Crusty Breads
  • Bagels
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • All Gum (even non-stick)
  • Taffy
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • Caramels
  • 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.