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, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Gummy Bears
  • Granola Bars
  • 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
  • Popcorn (kernels that are not fully popped)
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Foods and Drinks that Have High Sugar Content Like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candies
  • Soda Pop
  • Sweetened Tea and Coffee
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Fruit Juices

Only Once a Day:

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

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.

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