Pretty young woman biting into a green appleBraces can lead to beautiful straight teeth. But, getting there is a challenge in itself, especially if you love food.

Of course, you don’t have to rely on smoothies, or give up eating, when you have braces but there are some restrictions. Many foods can pose a challenge when you have wires, brackets, and bands in your mouth. It can be harder to keep your teeth clean, having to floss in a unique way. This challenge alone, can motivate you to want to avoid certain foods like corn on the cob, which can get stuck in your teeth very easily. You may find yourself cutting the corn off the cob just to enjoy it.

Keeping your teeth free of debris, isn’t the only challenge you’ll face when it comes to braces and mealtime. You’ll want to avoid biting down on certain foods with your front teeth, because otherwise you could risk breaking a bracket off. Apples, bagels, and raw vegetables are some of the foods that can pose this risk.

There are plenty of other consumables that can be a problem for braces, too, such as:

  • Any sticky or chewy candy
  • Pretzels, corn chips, and popcorn
  • Subs and other sandwiches
  • Tough or fibrous meat
  • Nuts and seeds

These are just a few of the foods you’ll have to avoid or be very careful eating when you have braces. The good news is, there is another option that doesn’t require giving up the foods you love. It’s called Invisalign, and it’s nearly unnoticeable. With Invisalign, you can simply pull out your inserts when it’s time to eat. This allows you to eat what you want and floss your teeth afterwards to remove any debris.

Sure, braces can give you straight teeth, but so can Invisalign. And, one of these options doesn’t make you give up the food you love.

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