Even though most other foods are permitted, special attention should be paid to how certain foods are eaten in order to avoid problems with your braces:
- Anything which is cooked and becomes softer can be eaten normally (for example: well cooked potatoes or carrots, chicken, meat, etc.); be careful with meat not to take pieces that are very large because its dense nature can cause wires to be displaced; be careful not to chew down on bones in meat or chicken since they can easily dislodge braces off the teeth.
- Anything which is raw and hard such as raw carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and celery should be cut into small rings, slices or sticks of a maximum thickness of 5 mm. Celery threads won’t get stuck in your appliances if you cut them into thin rings.
- Regular potato chips can be eaten normally but hard or crispy chips should be broken up into small pieces and kept in the mouth for a short while to allow the saliva to soften them before chewing.