Foods to Avoid

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid during orthodontic care. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office.

Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (Sugar-Free or Regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Caramels
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Starbursts

Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • French Bread Crust/Rolls
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Apples & Carrots (Unless Cut into Small Pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza Crust
  • Uncooked Carrots (Unless Cut)

Minimze Sugary Foods Like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened Tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with Sugar
It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.
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