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.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:candy

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Gummies and Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods Avoid or to Cut into Bite Size Pieces:apple

  • Ice (avoid)
  • Nuts (avoid hard toasted whole nuts)
  • Hard taco shells (avoid)
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob (cut off cob)
  • Apples and carrots (cut small)
  • Toasted Bagels (break small)
  • Corn Chips (avoid)
  • Jolly Ranchers (avoid)
  • Pizza crust (small pieces only)

Minimize Sugary Foods like:ice-cream

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

cupDrinks We Suggest You Avoid:

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

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.