Unfortunately, some foods are harmful to your braces and can cause damage to, or even break your braces. These problems can cause delay in treatment and prevent you from getting your braces off in the estimated time we have given you. For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided. Read the following list carefully and remember to avoid these foods.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels (Sticky, gooey foods which pull off wires and feeds the bacteria in your mouth. Fruit Roll-ups, Now and Laters, Laffy Taffy and Gummy Bears all are no-no’s.)
  • Starburst

Minimize Sugary Foods Like

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Minimize Sugary Foods like

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

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The Brace Place
Dr. Barry M. Rubenstein
Board Certified Orthodontist
1000 East Avenue
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 242-2100
info@clermontbraces.com