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If you are considering receiving orthodontic treatment or are taking your first steps toward a straighter smile, our team is here to help you keep your orthodontic appliance in a functional and hygienic state. While braces are strong enough to shift your teeth, they are also fragile when it comes to certain candies and foods. We strongly advise you to avoid foods that can break braces during your treatment. Here are three tasty treats that you should drop from your diet while you are wearing braces:

– Caramel: The stickiness of caramel can make it harmful to braces and your oral health because the treat sticks to your braces, teeth and gums, and can be very hard to remove. This makes it very easy for residue to remain on your smile, gunking up your braces and increasing your risk of tooth decay. Dental cavities can cause your orthodontic treatment to last longer than planned.

– Salt water taffy: This is another very sticky sweet that should not come in contact with your appliance or your teeth. Salt water taffy can cause damage to your orthodontic brackets and result in tooth decay by sticking to the teeth for an extended amount of time. It’s important that you avoid salt water taffy while you are wearing braces or another orthodontic appliance.

– Popcorn: Popcorn kernels make this snack harmful since they can become lodged between the teeth and brackets, resulting in major oral discomfort and complicating your orthodontic progress. The hard kernels can break your appliance and snap the brackets right off the teeth. We encourage you to avoid eating popcorn until you are free of braces and other appliances.

We appreciate your efforts to care for your smile during orthodontic treatment. If you have any questions about what to eat with braces in Gastonia, North Carolina, contact James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA at 704-867-3667 today for a consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. James B. Macomson.