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Foods to Avoid With Metal Braces

If you’ve just gotten braces, you’re probably wondering what that means for your diet. Here, we’ll explain what foods you should avoid with metal braces.

boxes of popcorn bad for your metal braces


Popcorn is something you should definitely avoid with metal braces because pieces often get stuck in between teeth and brackets. These pieces are usually very hard to reach and can be difficult to dislodge, but if they’re left there, they could contribute to more serious dental health issues like tooth decay.

Nuts & Seeds

Like with popcorn, nuts and seeds can get caught in between your teeth and can be difficult to remove. Nuts and seeds are also very hard so that you run the risk of breaking a band or bracket when you chomp down on them. They can even bend a wire! If you need a nut fix, reach for spreads like peanut or almond butter.


I’m sure you’re not surprised by this one! Candy is always a food to avoid according to the dentist, and even more so when you have metal braces. Hard candy can be destructive to your wires and brackets, while sticky candy can get stuck in between your teeth and brackets while also harming your braces. Candy is also not good for your overall or oral health so better to skip it altogether.


Another food that is not good for you or your overall health, chips should be avoided when you have metal braces. Their small pieces will get lodged in between your teeth and braces and are not easily removed. This can lead to the bacteria in your mouth feeding off the food leftover particles, turning them into acids, and the acids weaken the enamel of your teeth, ultimately leading to tooth decay or periodontal disease.

Raw Vegetables

This one may come as a surprise to you, but it’s not a great idea to chew on raw vegetables when you have metal braces. A hard carrot can be just as damaging as a piece of hard candy to you braces by breaking a bracket or bending a wire. But don’t stay away from vegetables when you have braces! Instead, eat them cooked so that they are soft enough so that they won’t damage your braces.

If you have any other questions about what foods to avoid when you have braces, give us a call!

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