Foods to Avoid

While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar. Hard foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, and sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Minimize the amount of sugary foods you eat; the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.

Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (non sugar-free)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

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)
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Limit Sugary Drinks:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened Tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Other drinks with sugar
  • Drink through a straw and follow-up with water

We encourage patients to discontinue negative habits, such as fingernail biting and chewing on foreign objects (like pens, pencils, or other objects). All of these activities can break or damage your braces.

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