Life with Braces

What Can I Eat?

Braces are fragile—and expensive—so it’s important to safeguard them by avoiding certain types of food. Hard, sticky, or chewy items need to wait until the braces come off, so you’ll want to steer clear of nuts, bagels, hard or chewy candies, and chewing gum. Avoid foods that you bite down on, like apples, raw carrots, and corn on the cob, as well as crunchy foods such as popcorn and chips—and, of course, no chomping on ice! Keep in mind that damaged braces can make your treatment take longer, and even send teeth veering off in the wrong direction. Don’t worry, there are plenty of food choices that you can continue to enjoy while wearing braces.

Playing Sports

You can continue to play sports while you have braces, but we do recommend that you wear a mouth guard. (The doctor can help you find the right one.) In case of any physical encounters that might affect your mouth, check for damage right away and contact us if you detect any loose teeth or problems with your braces.

What’s the Cost?

The cost of braces for adults, teens, and children varies according to the complexity of the work that’s needed, the type of braces, and the duration of the treatment. Of course, we’ll go over the financial details with you before any orthodontic treatment begins.