Examples of hard food to avoid

  • Ice
  • Buffalo Wings ( with bone)
  • Ribs
  • Hard Steak
  • Corn Nuts
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French Bread Crust/Rolls
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Apples
  • Hard Carrots
  • ​Popcorn​​

Only Once a day items

  • Soda
  • Sweetened Tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with Sugar​

Examples of Sticky food to avoid

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst
  • ​Jolly Ranchers
  • Taffy
  • ​Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Twizzlers

Minimize Sugary Food Like

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Food 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.

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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