Foods to Avoid with Braces

Hard, sticky, and sugary foods should be minimized and avoided during orthodontic treatment. Hard and sticky foods can become caught between your wires and brackets, causing damage. Sugary foods can cause tooth decay and other dental issues. In addition to the following examples of foods to avoid, you should also avoid biting your nails, pencils, pens, and chewing on foreign objects as these behaviors can damage your orthodontic appliances as well.

Top 20 Examples of Foods to Avoid:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Potato chips
  • Pretzels
  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Raw vegetables (carrots)
  • Raw fruit (apples)
  • Dried fruit
  • Pizza crust
  • Hard taco shells
  • Crusted (including bagels)
  • Croutons
  • Corn on the cob
  • Beef jerky
  • Meat on the bone
  • Stringy meats
  • Hard cookies
  • Candy (sour soothers, sour patch kids, airheads, jolly ranchers and licorice)
  • Toffee
  • Sports drinks

You must maintain checkups with your orthodontist in Orlando. During these appointments, they will check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If your wire or bracket loosens or breaks, call our office near you as soon as possible to schedule a repair appointment.