Life with Braces

Having braces means making changes, both to your smile and to your lifestyle. The good news is that while the changes to your teeth can last forever, the lifestyle changes you need to make go away as soon as you are out of treatment. Here is what you need to know about life with braces.

Eating With Braces

Some foods can damage your braces—and damaged braces do not produce good results. You will need to avoid those risky foods throughout treatment.


  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Of course, there is still plenty of tasty things you can enjoy.


  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake

Loose Teeth

As your braces work, your teeth will start to feel loose. Do not worry—they aren’t going to fall out. Loose teeth are just part of the process—they can’t move if they are firmly in place. After the teeth are in their ideal positions, they will stop being loose and all will feel right again.

Appliance Care

Braces can become damaged, and more easily than you might imagine. Damaged braces are not effective in moving the teeth. This means that properly caring for your appliance is vital to achieving quality results. Follow all directions the doctor gives you, and should your braces still suffer damage, contact us immediately.

Athletics and Braces

If you play a sport that involves the risk of a blow to the face, you need special protection for your braces. This just means wearing a mouthguard specifically designed for you. Keep in mind that those sold at sporting goods stores are not suited to people with braces. Let us know you need the special mouthguard and we will create it for you.