Can you Eat Popcorn with Braces?

While you’re preparing yourself for a beautiful smile with braces, be aware that this exciting journey comes with some setbacks. There are certain foods that can damage your braces wires or brackets and complicate your orthodontic process, such as popcorn. Can you eat popcorn with braces? No, you should avoid eating popcorn with braces but don’t worry it’ll all be worth it once you achieve that beautiful smile.

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    Why You Should Avoid Eating Popcorn with Braces?

    It is because of the hulls of the corn, the remaining portions of corn seeds that harden and remain within popcorn kernels after the popcorn has popped. These hulls are easy to be stuck between your braces and teeth, and once they are there, they can be quite stubborn to remove.
    When popcorn hulls become trapped between the braces’ wires, their sharp edges will rub against your gums. They are translucent, which makes it challenging for you to notice and remove them.

    How to Eat Popcorn with Braces?

    Here are some easy tips and tricks to eat popcorn with braces:

    Stay Away from Kernels
    Remember to remove the kernels before eating popcorn to prevent them from being lodged in your braces. Shake the bowl or popcorn bag to get rid of any loose kernels.

    Chew with Care
    You can eat popcorn with braces if you chew them carefully to prevent breaking your braces. Do not bite on unpopped popcorn or hard kernels.

    Get Yourself Some Soft Popcorn
    Opt for some soft popcorn variants such as hul-less or mushroom popcorn when wearing braces. Soft popcorn can satisfy your popcorn cravings with braces along it protecting the wires of braces.

    What are the Replacement Snacks for Popcorn with Braces?

    Given that eating popcorn with braces can harm your orthodontic journey, there are several snacks that can replace popcorn along with offering a nice taste to your mouth:

    • Cheese slice
    • Flavored yogurt
    • Hard-boiled eggs
    • Soft fruits
    • Baked kale or carrot chips
    • Soft baked potato chips
    • Soft pretzels
    • Smoothies
    • Casseroles
    • Peanut butter
    • Milk

    These foods will not damage your brackets and are kind to your orthodontic treatment.

    Other Food to Avoid to Eat with Braces

    Along with avoiding eating popcorn with braces, you must also avoid the following food in order to protect your braces:

    • Hard crunchy candies
    • Chewing gums
    • Hard pizza crust, rolls, or bagels
    • Chewy meat and bread
    • Nuts
    • Caramel
    • Ice cubes

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    Wrapping Up!

    Eating popcorn with braces can increase the effect that sticky food has on your barbed wires that can delay the result of the treatment. It does feel restrictive not being able to eat many of your favorite snacks with braces but precaution is better than damage. If you have more questions about foods you can eat with braces, get in touch with our expert dentists at Corona Dental Group by contacting us at (951) 736-0641.

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