I got my braces, what can't I eat?

Our goal is to provide you with a beautiful smile. This can only be accomplished if the braces stay attached to your teeth! We do not want to interfere with your nutitional intake, but we do ask that you watch the types of foods you eat. Some typles of foods are capable of breaking your bands and brackets, bending your wires, and breaking the cement under your bands or brackets. All of these prolong treatment time.

A careful patient can eat a nutritionally balanced diet and do no harm to his/her braces. We hope that you will strive to be this type of patient. The foods listed below are some of the ones that are the most common causes of loose bands, brackets and broken appliances.

Hard Foods:
  • Ice

  • Hard edges of pizza, pizza crust

  • Crisp french fries

  • Hard corn chips (Doritos)

  • Popcorn (hard kernel)

  • Raw carrots

  • Corn on the cob - cut off the cob to eat

  • Hard candies - jolly ranchers, suckers, lifesavers

  • Ribs (please slice off of the bone)

  • Apples (cut into slices)

  • Bacon bits

Sticky & Chewy Foods:
  • Caramels

  • Taffy

  • Gum

  • Skittles

  • Gummy Bears

  • "Marathon" bars

  • Milky War bars

  • Sugar Daddy candy

  • Caramel and nut candy bars

  • Starbursts

Sweet Foods:

Although they may not cause damage to your braces, please brush your teeth immediately after eating very sweet foods. If you cannot brush right away, at least rinse your mouth with plain water.

  • Cake or pie

  • Sweet drinks (coke, lemonade)

  • Ice cream

  • Cookies or candy

Do NOT chew on any foreign objects, including pencils, pens, plastic, or rocks.