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.  If you have any doubts about what you can eat with braces on, don’t hesitate to ask.

We are here to help you through your journey to a great smile!

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

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

Please remember to brush regularly to maintain a healthy smile.  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 or text our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.