Foods to Avoid

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar should be minimized. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Sugary foods can cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting and chewing on foreign objects, such as pens and pencils should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst


Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Jolly Ranchers

These hard foods need to be cut into small pieces:

  • Nuts
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Corn on the Cob (cut off cob)


Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy


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.