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Foods to Avoid

Learn About The Foods That Are Harmful To Braces

When it comes to protecting your teeth and orthodontia, common sense will usually tell you what foods and beverages to stay away from. For the most part, though, the main categories to avoid include: hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar.

  • Hard foods can break or damage your braces’ wires and brackets
  • Sticky foods can get caught in between them
  • And sugary foods cause tooth decay

For a complete list of foods our team suggests you avoid in each category, as well as tips to better adjust to others, see below:

Hard Foods

  • Ice (do not chew)
  • Nuts (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust
  • Corn on the cob (cut off the cob)
  • Bagels (cut or tear into small pieces)
  • Chips (hard and crunchy, try potato chips)
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Hard candies in general
  • Pizza crust (cut up into small pieces)
  • Raw, hard fruits and vegetables (we suggest steaming or cutting into small pieces)
  • Meat on the bone (ribs, chicken), use a fork to remove the meat rather than possibly biting the bone

Sticky Foods

  • Non sugar-free gum (if you are not wearing appliances like retainers or Invisalign. and only chew for short periods of time)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Sugary Foods

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

A Few More Tips

In addition to avoiding these food grouping’s, here is some extra on advice on what you can do to keep your braces and teeth healthy.

Only consume drinks such as: soda, Gatorade, Kool-Aid, sweetened tea, and other drinks with sugar once a day. Keep from chewing on foreign objects like pens, pencils, paper clips, and water bottles. Regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires. And, if any damage is found, immediately arrange an appointment to come into Stormberg Orthodontics for a repair.

It is a lot to remember, we know, but the more you stick to these guidelines, the smoother your transition to a straighter, healthier smile will be. To begin that journey today, book an appointment with us at Stormberg Orthodontics! We are located in the La Mesa area of San Diego and see patients from Santee, El Cajon and more.