Foods to Avoid

Ongoing care
Foods to Avoid with Braces

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.

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sticky food to avoid with braces
Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst



hard food to avoid with braces
Examples of Hard Foods To Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust, Bagels, Pizza Crust
  • Apples & Carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Chips



sugary food to avoid with braces
Minimize Sugary Foods Like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy




once a day foods with braces
Only Once a Day

  • Soda
  • Sweetened Tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with Sugar
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