Foods to Avoid
Foods That Are Appealing But Dangerous
A careful orthodontic patient can probably eat almost any food and do no damage to his or her braces. However, these types of food may cause trouble, as may other foods. Use common sense, or if you are in doubt, ask us about a particular food you enjoy eating.
- HARD FOODS
- STICKY AND/OR CHEWY FOODS
- FOODS HIGH IN SUGAR CONTENT
HARD FOODS may do damage by bending wires, loosening cement under the bands or breaking the little brackets and tubes which are attached.
STICKY AND/OR CHEWY FOODS damages braces by bending wires and pulling cement loose.
FOOD HIGH IN SUGAR CONTENT should be avoided whenever possible. If you eat any of them, brush your teeth immediately. If it's not convenient to brush, always rinse your mouth with clear water after eating very sweet food such as cake or pie.
- Popcorn, Nuts, Peanut Brittle
- Ice (not even if you're careful)
- Lemons (pure lemon juice can hurt your tooth enamel)
- Corn-on-the-cob (cut it off the cob)
- Corn chips, crisp taco shells, corn nuts, sunflower seeds in the shell
- Taffy, Carmels, Starburst, Now-N-Later, Jolly Ranchers, fruit chews, beef jerky, etc.
- Bubble gum - a thousand times NO!
- Pizza Crust (the hard outer edge)
MAYBE - WITH EXTREME CARE!
- Carrot Sticks (only if you cut into carrot curls that are thin)
- Apples (only if cut into thin wedges; don't bite)
- Hard French Bread (only if you take small pieces and are very careful)
- Diet Drinks
- Sugarless gum (not bubble) if in small amounts
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FOR APPROVAL