Can you eat boba with braces? [Dentist’s Answer]

Verified by Suzanna Maria
Verified by Suzanna Maria

Suzanna Maria is a Doctor in Dental Surgery (DDS) and holds a Master’s degree in Esthetic and Prosthetic Dentistry.

If you’ve just got braces and are wondering…

Can you eat boba with braces or have boba milk tea with braces? Or Can you drink boba with braces?

Then this article is for you.

Can you eat boba with braces?

Yes, you can eat boba with braces, but please remember to brush and floss your teeth immediately because boba is sticky and will stick to the brackets and wires.

Even if you think there are no boba particles left behind, brushing is a good idea because boba is quite sugary.

Can you chew boba pearls with braces?

You can absolutely chew on boba pearls with braces on. And in fact, chewing on them instead of swallowing them whole is a better option. 

How to clean your braces and teeth after eating boba?

Here’s a simple five-step process to clean your braces after having boba. 

Step 1: Wash your mouth with slightly warm water.

Step 2: Use a little toothpaste and brush your teeth and braces using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Step 3: Use a floss threader to clean the hard-to-reach spots between your teeth, closer to your braces.  

Step 4: Rinse your mouth to remove any leftover boba particles.

Step 5: Consider using a mild mouthwash to remove any lingering smell. 

Things to remember after eating boba with braces

The chance of plaque accumulation is increased by having braces. The plaque has the potential to discolor teeth and damage tooth enamel. If you want your teeth to remain in excellent condition, follow the advice below. 

Make sure you use a gentle toothbrush. It would help if you regularly cleaned the section of your teeth above your brackets and below your gums. The toothbrush’s bristles must contact the gums to clean the enamel effectively. 

Choose a toothbrush with gentle bristles so as not to irritate the gums, and position the brush bristles so that they are angled toward the gums.

Brush your teeth after every meal. The brace wires capture food particles, and regular brushing can help prevent plaque buildup. We strongly suggest that you bring along a travel toothbrush. 

If you do not have one accessible, you should rinse thoroughly for around 30 seconds. The exception to this rule is cleaning your teeth after consuming acidic meals. 

Because brushing your teeth too soon after consuming acidic foods or beverages, such as oranges or sports drinks, might cause tooth enamel to become more sensitive, you need to wait 30 minutes and an hour.

Avoid using too much toothpaste. The foam produced when toothpaste is used might make it even more challenging to notice plaque and dirt on the teeth. 

When you first start cleaning your teeth, use just a moist toothbrush. It will make it easier to brush around the brackets and between the wires. Make use of a precise plucking motion rather than scrubbing the surface. After that, continue washing with the pea-sized toothpaste quantity you just added.

Give yourself a two-minute-long tooth brushing. Give each section of your mouth (from upper right, lower right, upper left, and lower left) a full minute of your attention. It is essential to clean the inside and the outside of your teeth. Ensure brushing your teeth for the whole two minutes by setting a timer.

Consider using a floss threader. When you have braces on your teeth, flossing can be one of the more challenging aspects of oral hygiene. If you attach floss to a threader, it will be much simpler for you to thread it through the wire. 

Use mouthwash before bed to keep your mouth clean. Look for a fluoride-containing mouthwash with anti-cavity properties to help minimize tooth decay and preserve the enamel. If there is still debris after rinsing for one minute, it will be easier to remove it. After you have finished rinsing, inspect your appearance in the mirror to make sure you have not missed any spot.

The above tips should keep your braces and teeth clean and safe after you eat boba. 

What is boba tea?

Boba tea is a type of tea that originates from Taiwan. It is made by steeping tea leaves in hot water and then adding milk, honey, and tapioca pearls. 

It can be served cold or hot, and it is often customized to suit each individual’s taste. 

Boba tea shops typically offer a wide variety of flavors and toppings to choose from, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

When made correctly, boba tea is a refreshing and delicious beverage that can be enjoyed anytime.

What is boba made of? 

So what exactly are those tapioca pearls made of? Most commercially available bubble tea pearls are made from tapioca starch, brown sugar, and glycerin. 

Tapioca starch is a carbohydrate that is extracted from theava root. It is used in many different food products as a thickening agent. 

Brown sugar is often used to sweeten bubble tea, and it also gives the pearls their characteristic brown color. Glycerin is added to help keep the pearls moist and chewy.

While most store-bought bubble tea pearls are perfectly safe to consume, there have been some reports of health problems associated with them. 

In particular, there have been cases of people choking on unpopped pearls. It is important to remember to chew carefully and not to gulp down your bubble tea too quickly. 

If you are concerned about the safety of store-bought boba pearls, you can always make your own at home using tapioca flour, water, sugar, and food coloring.

Can kids have boba tea?

Yes, kids can have boba tea! In fact, boba tea is a great option for kids because it is generally lower in sugar than other sweetened beverages. 

However, you should always check the ingredients list to make sure that the tea you are ordering does not contain any added sugars or artificial sweeteners. 

You may also want to ask for your bubble tea without any toppings, as some of them (such as lychee jelly) can be a choking hazard for young children.

Bubble tea can be a fun and delicious treat for kids of all ages. Just be sure to choose a variety or flavor that is suitable for their taste buds, and remember to chew carefully!

Can boba tea cause diarrhea?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as everyone’s digestive system reacts differently to different foods and beverages. 

However, some reports have been of people experiencing diarrhea after drinking bubble tea.

It is thought that this may be due to the tapioca pearls, as they are made from starch that can be difficult for some people to digest. 

If you are concerned about the possibility of bubble tea causing diarrhea, you may want to limit your consumption or avoid it altogether.


You can eat and drink boba with braces as long as you clean your teeth and braces with the tips mentioned in this article.