A healthy diet means a healthy body, healthy teeth, and a better result for your orthodontic treatment.

Please do not eat hard foods: nuts, ice, crisp taco shells, whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first), hard French bread crust and rolls, corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating), and popcorn. These foods risk breaking brackets and wires.

Also beware of nail biting and pen or pencil chewing habits, since these can damage your braces. Do not eat sticky foods: taffy, caramels, bubble gum, sticky candy of any sort. Use common sense about most foods.

Foods to avoid while wearing braces:

Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

  • Gummy Bears
  • Chewing Cracked Ice
  • Chewing Hard Bread Crust
  • Hard Pretzels
  • Hard Pizza Crust
  • Apples (unless peeled and cut into bite sized pieces)
  • Carrots (unless cut in strips)
  • Popcorn
  • Frozen Candy Bars
  • Nuts
  • Hard Candies
  • Sticky Candies
  • Meat on the Bone
  • Beef Jerky
  • Celery
  • Granola Bars
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Bubble Gum
  • Tootsie Roll / Bit-O-Honey
  • Crunchy Chips

If in doubt – leave it out! Or call our office and one of our friendly orthodontic team can advise you.

Foods to Avoid