Choose Your Foods Wisely

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.


Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Gummy candies/Jelly beans
  • Tootsie Rolls/Taffy
  • Caramels
  • Starburst/Skittles

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Chewing on ice
  • Nuts/Sunflower seeds
  • Hard taco shells
  • Crusty bread
  • Corn chips

Foods that Should Be Cut:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Bagels
  • Pizza crust
  • Chicken and ribs (cut off the bone)

We encourage patients to quit bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects. All of these activities can break or damage your braces.

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

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