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Can You Eat Pretzels While Wearing Braces?

When wearing braces, certain types of foods can end up damaging brackets and wires, causing delays in treatment. This is why it’s so important to stick to the dietary guidelines the orthodontist gives you. The foods that you’ll need to avoid are primarily sticky, chewy or hard. Pretzels are usually listed as a hard food that should be avoided, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are certain versions that you can eat with braces.



Pretzels You Can Have

There are several different types of pretzels filling the grocery shelves these days, including versions you can eat. Basically, you just need to stay away from thick, hard pretzels which are sure to brake brackets, instead choosing thin pretzels like pretzel sticks, tiny twists and soft pretzels.



New Braces Friendly Food Options


It’s easier than ever today to find nutritious and tasty options that are braces friendly. New products continue to hit the market, including extra thin pretzels. These innovative snacks make it easier than ever to avoid hard, crunchy options that break brackets and wires, slowing down the treatment process, a result nobody wants. 

Here are a couple of snack ideas to try.



Create Your Own Snack Mix


Combine snack items like Goldfish crackers, a low sugar cereal like Cheerios, thin pretzel twists, or any other braces friendly bites you can think of – this makes a great on the go snack. 



Hummus Plus . . .


Hummus pairs well with a lot of things, including thin pretzels, soft pita bread sections, or soft vegetables like red pepper strips and zucchini that are also easy to bite and chew. With a little creativity, preparation and the willingness to make a few adjustments to your diet, it’s easy to eat well with braces. The best rule of thumb is to eat bite size pieces, chew carefully and brush after every meal.

Feel free to contact us to find out more about Orthodontic food guidelines. If you’re looking for an orthodontist, give iSmiles Orthodontics a call today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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Ousama El-Hillal
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends, is an Orthodontist and co-owner of iSmiles Orthodontics. iSmiles Orthododontics is leading provider of the Damon System and Invisalign in Irvine.

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