Eating with Braces

In order to prevent breaking your orthodontic appliances, we recommend avoiding the following foods while wearing braces.

  • Sticky/Chewie foods:
    • Gum (including sugarless)
    • Starburst
    • Taffy
    • Skittles
    • Airheads
    • Twizzlers
    • Caramel
  • Hard/Crunchy foods:
    • Hard candies
    • Cough drops
    • Raw carrots (need to be cut very small)
    • Apples (need to be cut)
    • Pizza crust (cut off bite-sized pieces and chew carefully)
    • Bagles (cut off bite-sized pieces and chew carefully)
    • Corn on the cob (cut the corn off of the cob)
    • Ice
    • Nuts
    • Hard chips (Doritos, Sun Chips, etc. need to be chewed carefully)
    • Popcorn
  • Drinking soda should be minimized or avoided to prevent staining of the teeth.

Excessive breaking of braces and other appliances will lengthen treatment times and should be avoided. If a brace or appliance feels loose or has fallen off, please call our office so that may be repaired in a timely manner and keep treatment on track.