No matter if you are the captain of the dance team or the president of the AV club, if you are or were an American teenager, it is likely that you've had to suffer from the plight of having braces. After all, according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association approximately four million people in the United States are wearing braces at any one time. And in truth, braces-wearing adults are becoming even more popular as the quest for a perfect, healthy smile continues. While braces are undoubtedly a worthwhile investment, there is one hugely negative downside: trying to enjoy food with braces.
Fairly restrictive and even sometimes painful, braces do not make eating a fun experience. First off there are a ton of things people with braces are not supposed to eat. Then the things that you can eat, or at least attempt to eat carefully, have this horrid habit of getting caught in your braces.
Click Here to see The Complete List of Foods That Always Get Stuck in Your Braces Seeds are pretty tricky when it comes to braces. They can sneak in between teeth and can be very hard to get out if they are tiny enough. And we aren’t just talking about salty snacks like sunflower or pumpkin seeds: this includes the seeds found on everything from bagels to strawberries that seems to break free and wreak havoc on our teeth. Photo Credit: shutterstock
If you have braces and you feel the urge to chew gum, fight it with all of your will power. Seriously, the hours you will spend picking gum out of your rubber bands is not worth it! Photo Credit: shutterstock
Click Here to see The Complete List of Foods That Always Get Stuck in Your Braces Despite the softened state it reaches when cooked, broccoli florets are still a pain to enjoy when you keep collecting them in the wires, brackets and bands of your braces. Before you know it, your teeth look like astroturf! Photo Credit: shutterstock
Specifically when it comes to these snacks, it isn’t so much the pretzel as it is the salt crystals. Those delicious flavor enhancers end up making for a horrible time of finding and picking out of teeth. Photo Credit: shutterstock
Click Here to see The Complete List of Foods That Always Get Stuck in Your Braces Technically you should avoid this if you have braces, but chances are you’re going to sneak a bite or two of chunky peanut butter. And when you do, you’ll be picking out those little chunks of nut for a long, long time. Photo Credit: shutterstock
Gone are the days where you can freshen your breath with gum without having to spend hours detangling the sticky stuff from your teeth. For a few years you say goodbye to the joy of biting into bread without the dough sticking to your mouth and walking around without the fear of the remnants of your everything bagel showcasing themselves on your pearly whites. When you wear braces, there are just some foods that you can't avoid incident with.
To commiserate with your fellow current or former brace-faces, click through our slideshow to find out which foods caused the most grief.
-Lauren Gordon, The Daily Meal
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