Problem Foods

FOODS TO AVOID WHEN YOU HAVE BRACES

Eating proper foods, minimizing sugar intake and getting enough sleep are essential during orthodontic treatment. Your braces are precise appliances that can be damaged by eating hard foods. Some soft foods and sticky foods can cause tooth decay and loosen or dislodge your braces. The glue and cement that hold your brackets and band on your teeth are only strong enough to move your teeth and cannot withstand forces of biting improperly and eating the wrong foods. Below are examples of foods that should be avoided while in treatment.

  • HARD/STICKY CANDY: Caramels, tootsie rolls, taffy, gummy bears.
  • HARD SHELL NUTS: Peanuts, pistachios, corn nuts.
  • CHIPS: Doritos, Fritos, Tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn.
  • MEATS-not cut away from the bone: ribs, chicken, steak, etc.
  • CORN- always remove corn from cob.
  • GUM: Bubble gum, sugarless, nonstick.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages such as soda pop and drinks that contain sugar.
  • Do not chew on ice cubes or ice chips.
  • Do not chew on any hard objects, such as pens and pencils.
  • Whole fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, celery or other raw dehydrated fruits and vegetables should be cooked and cut into small pieces and eaten carefully.


These are only a few items that will break your braces. Please use common sense when eating. Remember, breakage of your braces will delay your treatment. Do not wait till your next visit for any repairs. Please call the office and schedule an appointment at 956-513-0891.