Foods to Avoid

OK, here’s the story. Orthodontists attach braces to your teeth with a small amount of cement (braces are not bolted, riveted, nailed, welded, or chemically melted to your teeth; a less permanent method is usually preferred.) This cement is designed to hold the brackets and bands against your teeth during normal orthodontic treatment, and, when it’s time to remove the braces, scrapes off your teeth easily without leaving any permanent marks. It doesn’t take much force to remove or “break” the braces off your teeth. However, it’s also bad for you because any heavy force put on your braces could break them off and extend the treatment time.

Hard and sticky foods will break brackets, bend wires and loosen bands, which, in turn, will extend treatment time. So what can you do? Well, you must limit your diet to soft and healthy foods. I’m not saying you can only eat broccoli and mashed potatoes while wearing braces, there are just certain types of food that need to be avoided while wearing braces.

  • Ice (definitely NO! – it totally destroys the braces)
  • Soda (Coke, Pepsi, RC, etc.) contains phosphoric & citric acid which eat away at tooth structure – please limit to as little as possible and brush properly.
  • Nuts
  • Peanut Brittle (Ask your parents) : )
  • Hard Pizza Crust
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Raw Carrots
  • Popcorn
  • Ribs and Chicken Legs (pull meat off the bone)
  • Hard Pretzels
  • Hard Rolls
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • Caramel Candy
  • Beef Jerky
  • Bubble Gum (will break or bend wires)
  • Suckers (do note bite)
  • Pens and Pencils (do not chew or EAT!)