While wearing braces, it is important to be careful about what you are eating and more diligent with regards to keeping your teeth and orthodontic appliances clean. Eating certain foods (especially hard, sticky, crunchy, or tough foods) and certain oral habits (like chewing ice, biting pens, or nail biting) can be very damaging to braces. Not following these recommendations can lead to frequent breakage of orthodontic appliances, prolonging your treatment time and compromising your treatment outcome.
Although there may be some foods to avoid during treatment, there are still many delicious and satisfying things that you can eat. It is important to remember the key to good health is maintaining a nutritious and well-balanced diet.