Foods to Avoid

While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods but include quitting bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects as they can damage and get caught in the wires and brackets. Minimizing the amount of sugary foods you eat will reduce your risk of tooth decay and other related problems. 

-Click here for short video of what foods to avoid while in treatment-

It's important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to arrange a repair appointment.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:candy

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Liquorice
  • Sour Kids
  • Fuzzy peaches
  • Swedish Berries
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:apple

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Skittles
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods like:icecream

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:drink

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar