Summer Foods You Should Avoid When Wearing Braces

We are getting ready to head out to the beach or perhaps throw a barbecue in the backyard as the sun is starting to give us that extra warmth during the summer. In addition to these plans, there are many foods that come along with summer – foods that we take with us to the beach, grab on our way to a park, or even serve up in the backyard or while hanging out with a few friends next to the pool.

While all of this can be fun and exciting, if you or your child is wearing braces, it is crucial to understand that there are certain foods that can be problematic while undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Foods Not To Eat If You Have Braces

When you decide to go all out during summer and dig into any food that is put in front of you while wearing braces, then you might be facing issues on your next visit to the dentist’s office. Braces need frequent adjustment and need special care – and by eating certain types of food, you risk damage to your teeth, as well as the braces. You also risk a delay in the treatment you are undergoing – which means wearing those braces for an extended period of time.

There are three specific categories of food that you need to be careful around. This includes hard foods, crunchy food, and, of course, those food and candy items that are very sticky.

When it comes to hard food, think nuts, and ice. Crunchy foods can include hard taco shells, potato chips, and even popcorn. Sticky options mainly include chewing gum, candy that is very chewy, and gummy candy.


The many activities that come with summer might be great, but if you are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment and wearing braces, some of the foods you might want to eat during these events can be damaging.

To learn more about how to care for your teeth during, or prior to your orthodontic care, contact us for a free consultation!


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