Can you eat spicy food with braces?

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can you eat spicy food with braces?”. We will also discuss what types of spicy foods you can eat with braces and the benefits of eating spicy foods.

Can you eat spicy food with braces?

Yes, you can eat spicy food when you have braces. It has been shown by different patients and specialists that eating spicy foods and chili does not impact or delay their orthodontic treatment with braces in any way. 

It has been studied that the bonding agent or cement used to bond the brackets to the teeth is not affected by the increased salivation associated with eating spicy foods, as the bonding agent is resistant to saliva. 

However, it has been shown that when orthodontic treatment begins it can be a little painful due to the fact that it is getting adapted to the orthodontic treatment, which can cause small oral lesions which can be affected or painful when consuming spicy food, only at the beginning of treatment with braces. 

Spicy foods are flavorful and give your tongue a little sparkle or a burst of fire when you eat them. Many spicy foods provide key vitamins and minerals, such as fiber and vitamin A, that you need for good health. They also contain compounds that may protect you from certain health problems. 

What are some spicy foods that you can consume with braces?

When we talk about spicy food, we mainly refer to Mexican food, which can be enjoyed as long as it does not contain other types of food or ingredients that may affect your orthodontic treatment. 

Here are some spicy dishes that you can eat with braces: 

  • Salsa verde: salsa verde is one of the most famous sauces in Mexican food and is composed of tomatoes, jalapeño bell pepper, onion, garlic, cilantro, pepper, and salt.
  • Enchiladas: this dish is characterized by the fundamental basis of Mexican food: the traditional tortillas of which more than 300 varieties are known.  The tortillas are filled with lots of cheese (also on the outside, as the dish is often grilled), accompanied by meat or beans cooked with chili.
  • Tortas ahogadas: Tortas ahogadas are a typical dish from the city of Guadalajara, Mexico, which is made with a bread called “birote” and is filled with meat bathed in spicy and tomato sauce. This torta can be eaten when you have braces since the bread is soft, however, we have to be careful if it gets a little sticky.

In addition, there are other types of spicy foods around the world, of which the following stand out: 

  • Pizazz Peppers: Hot peppers are among the most popular hot foods and their heat is due to a compound called capsaicin. 
  • Curry: Curry is a food that is considered spicy, this is due to the number of spices required in its recipe, for example sometimes cayenne powder is required, which contains capsaicin and can be quite spicy.  Other ingredients, such as paprika and dry mustard, can also add a spicy flavor.
  • Sambal: Sambal is a thick sauce, very popular in Indonesia. It is made, among other ingredients, with habanero peppers, cayenne, bird’s eye peppers, and Spanish peppers. 
  • Cau-Cau: This dish is typical of Peru and is made with yellow peppers. Cau-Cau is something like a spicy version of potato stew.
  • Sik Sik Wat: this is one of the hottest dishes in the world. Sik Sik wat is an Ethiopian mixture made with red peppers, paprika, and fenugreek that makes spicy chicken or meat stews.
  • Huo Guo: Huo Guo is a distinctive dish in Chinese cuisine. It is served hot aboard. The spicy power of this dish comes from pepper oil.

What are the benefits of eating spicy food?

According to a 2015 study by Harvard and China’s National Center for Disease Control and Prevention Eating spicy food six to seven days a week, even just once a day, reduced death rates by 14 percent.

Spices, such as turmeric, peppers, and chili peppers, can increase the metabolic resting rate and decrease appetite. In addition, in vivo research with mice has shown that turmeric suppressed the growth of fat tissue. 

A UCLA study found that capsaicin inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells in mice and left healthy cells intact. That is why capsaicin, the active component of chili peppers, has been reported to slow and destroy cancer cells. 

Curcuma has been studied and shown to have powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. So it can be used against harmful bacteria in the body.


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query “can you eat spicy food with braces?”. We have also discussed what types of spicy foods you can eat with braces and the benefits of eating spicy foods.


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