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What can I eat with braces?

Congratulations!  You just got your braces on and you’re now officially part of the West Houston Orthodontics family.  For the duration of your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Tabakman at West Houston Orthodontics, it is important to follow certain guidelines to make sure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possibly.  So you may be asking yourself, what can I eat with braces?  It is important to follow Dr. Tabakman’s guidelines of foods to avoid with braces, because chewy and hard foods can break your brackets or wires. We know that it’s hard to avoid your favorite candy or gum.  So why do we tell you not to eat these foods?

  • Broken brackets can delay your time in brackets by 2 months per broken bracket. This indefinitely leads to wearing your braces longer.
  • When a bracket is broken from the tooth, Dr. Tabakman has to take the time to repair that bracket rather than following the original treatment course, which will delay treatment.   
  • Eating sticky gum or candy will get stuck in the braces also making it very hard to keep your teeth clean which can cause tooth decay.

Don’t forget to minimize your sugar and soda pop amount with braces.  Keeping your teeth clean with braces can be challenging and therefore there is a higher chance for tooth decay.  Following Dr. Tabakman’s guidelines will make your time in braces as short and easy as possible.   

Here is a little reminder of foods not to eat with braces:

  • Gum                           
  • Nuts                            
  • Bagels                        
  • Pizza Crust
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Now & Laters
  • Starbust
  • Gummi bears
  • Tooties Rolls
  • Jerky
  • Popcorn
  • Hard Pretzels
  • Ice
  • Caramels
  • Toffee

If you have any questions or concerns, just ask Dr. Tabakman at West Houston Orthodontics at your next appointment or email us at: info@westhoustonortho.com.

One Direction Concert Ticket Giveaway Houston!

Dr. Tabakman of West Houston Orthodontics is giving away 4 concert tickets to see One Direction live in concert on June 24 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in The Woodlands!


  • Show your best smile – take a photo and submit it here on the West Houston Orthodontics Facebook page.
  • Share, Share, Share!  Make sure to have everyone you know vote for your photo!
  • The first person to reach 500 votes wins!


  • Contest is open to current and past patients (and their parents if they don’t have a Facebook account).
  • As soon as you reach 500 votes, send an email to us at info@westhoustonortho.com to let us know! We’ll then verify.
  • Please only ask friends and family to vote. Any entrant that uses fake or fictitious Facebook accounts to vote, or that uses “vote for me groups or services,” will be subject to disqualification.
  • If no one reaches 500 votes, the entrant with the most votes as of 12:00am CST on June 18th will win.

Dr. Tabakman and West Houston Orthodontics can’t wait to see your photos!  Good luck to all entrants!

Dr. Tabakman and Team

Invisalign Teen West Houston

You’re a teenager and we know how busy you are. You have sports, after-school activities and hanging out with friends. The reality is that metal braces are not what you want.

For many teenagers braces are a rite of passage. For many braces are dreaded and feared. At West Houston Orthodontics, we want to give you the smile you want through a brace-free, comfortable and invisible orthodontic procedure, Invisalign Teen®. The product is a set of clear aligners which straightens your teeth without braces. The aligners are virtually invisible and no one will even know that you’re wearing it! Invisalign Teen® allows you to eat whatever you want and keeping your teeth clean is easy. Invisalign Teen® allows Dr. Tabakman to create a beautiful smile for you without braces.

See what teenagers just like you are saying about Invisalign Teen®!

Call West Houston Orthodontics today to schedule your complimentary consultation to see if Invisalign® is for you!
(281) 752.4222

Famous Faces in Braces!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Hollywood star or not. Everyone deserves a beautiful smile and the confidence that it brings. Straight teeth are attainable and affordable for everyone. People of all ages straighten their teeth with braces, Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®. Check out these famous faces that have had orthodontic treatment. These products and treatment types are offered by Dr. Tabakman at West Houston Orthodontics.


Invisalign Teen®

Traditional Braces

Ceramic (Clear) Braces

Selena Gomez Fans: Enter Our Contest to Win 4 Concert Tickets!

You can be the lucky winner of 4 tickets to the Selena Gomez show at the Houston Livestock & Rodeo on March 6th!

We want to know how well you know Selena Gomez!

Answer the following 5 questions to have 1 ticket entered into the contest. Submit your entry by March 1st. Entries can be emailed to info@westhoustonortho.com or submitted at West Houston Orthodontics.

1. Who is she named after?
2. Where is she from?
3. What Disney TV show does she star in?
4. What is the name of her band?
5. What famous pop star is she dating?

Increase your chances to win! Refer a friend to West Houston Orthodontics and have them schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Tabakman during the month of February and you’ll have 5 tickets entered into our contest!

Braces Friendly Foods for the Big Game

The big game is this coming up this Sunday- which team will you be cheering for? Here at West Houston Orthodontics, we know that no Superbowl party is complete without food, friends, and of course, FOOTBALL!

For patients in braces, don’t forget to stay away from those hard, crunchy, sticky, or gummy foods at your Superbowl party. These foods can get caught between braces, or worse, damage to your orthodontic appliances and delay treatment. So when selecting braces-friendly foods, a good rule of thumb is to stick to soft foods that can easily be cut into pieces.

For example:

-Pigs in a blanket cut into bite sided pieces.
-Chili – a fan favorite!
-Boneless chicken wings / buffalo wings
-Potato Salad

What foods are you planning for your party? Let us know if you have any questions about braces friendly foods by leaving a comment here, or giving us a call!

Orthodontics in Houston, TX for all ages


Many people believe orthodontics are only for children and teens, but in fact patients of any age can benefit from a straighter, healthier smile. At the Houston, TX orthodontic practice of Dr. Vladimir Tabakman, we provide orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and traditional braces for the whole family!

In this video, both mom & son got their braces with Dr. Tabakman at West Houston Orthodontics. What a great family experience!