Category Archives: Braces Friendly Foods

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:

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!