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Are you currently aligning your smile with braces? If so, it’s important to do everything you can to get the best results possible, and one of those things is having a proper diet.

There are many different types of food in this world that can harm your orthodontic appliance, break the wires and brackets, and even delay your treatment plan. Who would want that? No one. So, the best thing you can do is keep an eye out for the appliance-harming foods and avoid them at all costs. Those foods are:

-Sticky foods, like: Caramels, candy bars with caramel, fruit roll-ups, gum, sticky candy, caramel apples, Skittles, Starbursts, toffee, gummy bears, taffy, and sticky or chunky peanut butter.

-Hard or tough foods, like: Pizza crust, hard candy, bagels, popcorn, nuts, ice cubes, and bagels.

-Hard-to-eat foods, like: Apples, carrots, corn on the cob, pizza, pears, celery, chicken wings, and spare ribs. The best way to eat these foods is to cut them up in small pieces and chew them with your back teeth.

It’s also important to avoid teeth-harming habits, like chewing on ice, pens, pencils, and fingernails. If you use these tips and take good care of your smile and orthodontic appliance, you will have the best smile results possible and you will never need to worry about prolonging your treatment. To learn more about the proper diet to have while wearing braces in Beaufort, South Carolina, please feel free to call (843) 525-6228 today and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett. Our team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!