5. Watch What You Eat
Having braces doesn’t mean you need to completely change your diet, however some foods can damage tooth enamel or increase the likelihood of cavity development. Acidic food and drinks like oranges, soft drinks and vinegar-based dressings are a few foods that can damage enamel. Sugary foods and drinks should be limited to prevent tooth decay.
Hard, sticky foods like candy, gum, chips, corn, and hard breads should be avoided as they are difficult to dislodge from braces. Your dentist can help you determine which foods and drinks are best to avoid while wearing braces to prevent stains on your teeth when your braces come off.