Foods to Avoid

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Sticky Foods to Avoid: (they can bend wires)

  • Regular Gum (Sugar-free gum is fine)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starbursts

Hard Foods to Avoid: (they break and damage brackets and wires)

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Jolly Ranchers

Minimize Sugary Foods like: (Sugar can cause decay!)

  • 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.

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