Orthodontic braces serve a very simple purpose: To straighten your teeth and give you a beautiful smile. To reach this goal, however, wearers must maintain their braces by keeping them clean and undamaged. Along with brushing and flossing, avoiding certain foods can prevent breakage and keep your treatment time on schedule.

Chewy candy
These can pull the orthodontic appliance away from your teeth. This will require another appointment with an orthodontist and will slow down the treatment process.

Foods that you need to bite with your front teeth
Foods like apples, celery, corn on the cob and meat with bones do not need to be completely removed from your diet, but they should be cut into small pieces so that they can be chewed with the molars.

Hard foods
Biting into things like ice and nuts can break wires and brackets. Popcorn has the additional problem of getting lodged in your gums behind the bracket, severely irritating them.

Sticky and sugary foods
Foods high in sugar content can cause heavy plaque buildup that can get accumulate between brackets and wires and lead to tooth decay. If you do choose to consume sweets, brush your teeth immediately after.

Wearing braces should not cause major changes to your diet, but you should be careful about what you eat. If you are unsure about what's safe, contact a New York City Orthodontist who would be happy to help.

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