Foods to Avoid

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.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst
  • Milk Duds
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Gummy Worms

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob (cut it off the cob)
  • Apples or any firm fruit (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips/Nachos/Popcorn
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut into bite-size pieces)

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

  • Soda with meals only & must thoroughly brush after eating
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

Soda is presently one of the leading causes of tooth decay. The sugar content of regular soda and the acid content of diet soda is so great that it is eroding tooth enamel. Please minimize your consumption of any/all soda during and after treatment.