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Orthodontics and Your Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid

Embarking on an orthodontic journey is a significant step toward achieving a healthier, straighter smile. However, with the various treatment options available, such as Invisalign or Traditional Metal or Clear Braces, there’s an essential yet often overlooked aspect to consider – your diet. Understanding what foods can aid or hinder your orthodontic progress is crucial, ensuring your path to a perfect smile is smooth and uncomplicated.

Foods to Embrace

  1. Soft Fruits and Vegetables: Think bananas, mangoes, or steamed carrots. They are easy on your braces and are packed with essential vitamins.
  2. Dairy Products: Cheese, yogurt, and milk provide calcium that strengthens teeth and bones.
  3. Soft Proteins: Tender chicken, tofu, and eggs are protein-rich options that won’t put undue stress on orthodontic appliances.
  4. Grains: Soft bread, rice, pasta, and quinoa can be eaten without worry, ensuring you’re still getting essential fiber and nutrients.

Foods to Tread Lightly With

  1. Citrus Fruits: While they’re vitamin-rich, they’re also acidic. Ensure you rinse your mouth with water after consumption to protect your teeth and braces.
  2. Sticky Foods: Items like caramel or taffy can adhere to braces and cause potential damage.
  3. Hard Foods: Be wary of foods like popcorn, nuts, and hard candies. They can break brackets or get lodged in between braces.

Foods to Avoid Entirely

  1. Chewing Gum: It’s a no-go with braces as it can get stuck and disrupt the alignment process.
  2. Ice: Chewing ice can cause braces to break or come loose.
  3. Hard Bread: Think crusty baguettes or hard pizza crust. They can put too much pressure on braces during biting.

Special Considerations for Invisalign Users

For those opting for Invisalign, the removable nature of the aligners offers more flexibility. However, remember to always remove the aligners when eating or drinking anything other than water. Also, after consuming any food or drink, ensure your teeth are clean before placing the aligners back in to prevent potential staining.

Maintaining Optimal Oral Health

While adjusting your diet is crucial during orthodontic treatment, maintaining impeccable oral hygiene is equally important. Food particles can easily get trapped in braces or aligners, increasing the risk of cavities or staining. Ensure you’re brushing after every meal, flossing daily, and attending regular check-ups at Massih Orthodontics.

For those seeking an added touch of brilliance to their smile, Teeth Whitening treatments are available. However, it’s recommended to discuss this with Dr. Karmen Massih during your consultation to determine the best time to undergo such treatments in conjunction with orthodontic care.

Let’s Navigate Your Orthodontic Journey Together

While the dietary adjustments may seem daunting initially, they are a small price to pay for the lifetime of confidence a beautiful smile can provide. Located in Glendale, CA, Massih Orthodontics is dedicated to ensuring every patient’s orthodontic journey is tailored, informed, and comfortable.

If you have questions or are ready to start your orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate. Reach out to the experts at Massih Orthodontics today by calling 818-507-1515.


  1. American Association of Orthodontists: “Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces.”
  2. Invisalign Official Site: “Eating with Invisalign.”
  3. Journal of Dental Research: “Dietary Considerations During Orthodontic Treatment.”
Dr. Karmen Massih Inspired by orthodontics at the age of 10, Dr. Karmen Massih earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at UCLA's School of Dentistry. After earning her certificates in orthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh, she returned to her hometown of Glendale, CA, to begin Massih Orthodontics, a practice dedicated to transforming smiles for people of all ages.