Foods to Avoid

The main food groups to avoid are hard, sticky, chewy, brittle and foods high in sugar. Common sense will help guide you in what to avoid. Hard and brittle food can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky and chewy foods can get caught between brackets and wires causing damage to the braces. Minimized sugary foods as they cause tooth decay and decalcification. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects must also be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (regular or bubble gum)
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Gummy worms, bears, etc.
  • Caramel
  • Starburst
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Skittles

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard chips (Doritos, Nachos, Pretzels)
  • Hard bread such as bagels and French bread/rolls
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

  • Soda
  • Gatorade
  • Sweetened tea
  • Other sugary drinks

And remember…water is the best drink to keep yourself hydrated. Also, brushing is very important to keep the plaque off of your teeth. Proper diet and brushing will help prevent white spots.

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(s), please call our office to schedule an appointment for repair. Do not wait until your next appointment to inform us of something that is loose or broken.