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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to eat lots of raw baby carrots with braces?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ray Tidman
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Yes: And practice good oral hygene.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 16 years experience
Brace food: We want you to eat healthy; however, you have to be careful. Loose braces caused by eating hard crunchy foods can make your treatment take longer. If you do eat baby carrots, chop them up into small pieces and you should be fine.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Absolutely not: Anything hard, sticky, or chewy will damage braces, extend your time in treatment, and make going back often for repairs very inconvenient. Raw carrots are hard. "baby carrots" are full sized carrots that have been cut down into handy little shapes. Carrots should be shredded or cooked.

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