Foods to Avoid

 

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. 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.. 

 

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:    

Gum (sugar-free or regular)

Licorice

Sugar Daddies

Toffee

Tootsie Rolls

Caramels

Starburst

 

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid

Nuts

Ice

Hard taco shells

French bread crust/rolls

Corn on the cob

Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)

Bagels

Chips

Jolly Ranchers

Pizza crust

Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

 

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

Cake

Ice Cream

Cookies

Pie

Candy

 

Only Once a Week:

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.