While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar. Hard foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, and sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Minimize the amount of sugary foods you eat; the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.
Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:
Gum (sugar-free or regular)
Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:
Hard taco shells
French bread crust/rolls
Corn on the cob
Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
Uncooked carrots (unless cut)
Minimize Sugary Foods like:
Only Once a Day:
Drinks with sugar
We encourage patients to avoid harmful habits such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects. All of these activities can break or damage your braces.
It's important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office to determine if it needs to be repaired immediately or can wait until your regularly scheduled appointment.