Foods to Avoid

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For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. 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, pencils and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Foods to Avoid

Gum (sugar free or regular)
Licorice
Sugar Daddies
Toffee
Tootsie Rolls
Caramel’s
Starburst

Ice
Nuts
Hard Taco shells
French bread Crust/rolls
Corn on the Cob
Apples and Carrots (unless cut into small pieces
Bagels
Chips
Popcorn
Jolly Ranchers
Pizza Crust
Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods

Cake
Ice Cream
Cookies
Pie
Candy

Only Once a Day

Soda
Sweetened Tea
Gatorade
Cool-aid
Drinks with sugar
It is 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.