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 causing a bracket to become dislodged. Minimize sugary foods as they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pen and pencil chewing, and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

Gum (sugar-free or regular)

Licorice

Beef jerky

Sugar Daddies

Toffee

Taffy

Tootsie Rolls

Caramels

Starburst

Skittles

Snickers

Fruit roll-ups

Chewy granola bars

Gummy bears/gummy worms

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

Ice

Nuts

Hard taco shells

French bread crust/rolls

Popcorn (hard kernels and hulls)

Corn on the cob

Apples (unless cut into small pieces)

Bagels

Chips

Jolly Ranchers

Pizza crust

Carrots (unless cut or cooked)

Life Savers

Peppermints

Jaw breaker candies

Suckers

Ribs/Chicken wings (meat can be taken off the bone)

Hard granola bars

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

Cake

Ice Cream

Cookies

Pie

Candy

Only Once a Day:

Soda

Sweetened tea

Gatorade

Kool-Aid

Drinks with sugar