"The food list" Every orthodontic patient receives a list of foods to avoid or change how they are eaten. Hard, chewy, sticky foods are the main culprits in breaking braces off of the teeth and prolonging treatment times and compromising results. Popcorn is also a problem as the hulls get stuck in the gums and are hard to remove, causing swelling and gum infections.
Follow directions. Follow your orthodontic specialist's do not eat list. Hard/sticky/chewy foods break braces and distort wires resulting in longer treatment time. Sugary foods combine w bacteria to make tooth damaging acids. For braces-friendly recipes go to http://drmalerman.Com/treatment/cookielady.Shtml remember, the less you cheat, the sooner the braces come off.