Life With Braces

Dr. Bruno Offers Braces for adults and kids in Chevy Chase, MD


What can you eat? Let's talk about what you shouldn't eat! The following foods should be avoided with braces:

Sticky foods:

  • caramel
    toffee
    gum
    jelly beans
    Tootsie rolls
    gummy bears
    Now and Laters
    Skittles
    Sugar Daddies

Hard foods:

  • nuts
    hard candy
    hard bread
    bagels
    pizza crust
    cut up apples
    and carrots

Orthodontic Terminology

Band - stainless steel rings that are cemented around your molar (back) teeth and is used as anchorage to move other teeth.Bracket - an attachment fabricated from stainless steel or ceramic that is bonded to the front of your teeth. This bracket has a slot through which a wire slides.

Wire - fabricated from either stainless steel, nickel titanium, or copper nickel titanium. These wires have " memory" which help them return to their original shape gently bringing your teeth with them. This is one of the secrets to achieving a beautiful smile.

Elastic donuts - the "o" ring that holds the wire in the slot on the bracket. These donuts are changed at most appointments and are available in many colors.


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Braces for adults and kids in Washington, DC – Chevy Chase orthodontist Dr. Jill Bruno

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