Foods to Avoid

doctor with patients at tooth brushing station

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Protect Your Teeth and Your Braces

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods, and foods or drinks that are high in sugar and acid must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods and acidic beverages will cause holes in your teeth (tooth decay) or unsightly scars left on the teeth after braces are removed. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing or chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

Any Chewing Gum (sugar-free or regular)

  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst
  • Gummy Bears

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
  • Soft Candy

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.

Significantly Reduce or Eliminate:

  • Soft drinks or Pop
  • Energy or Sports Drinks
  • Sour candy
IMPORTANT: Acidic beverages, foods and candy will eat into the surface of the tooth causing holes or cavities and unsightly scars or lines on your teeth when braces are removed. If you have any of these types of drinks, you must brush immediately after or at least rinse thoroughly with water to dilute the acid. Don’t let these beverages “eat into” your teeth!