food to avoid

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:

Ice

Nuts

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 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.