Foods to Avoid

Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid when wearing braces. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods/candy can get caught between the brackets and wires, resulting in breakage. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.


Sticky Foods to Avoid

  • Bubble Gum (Exception: sugar-free gum is ok to chew)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst, Now & Laters, similar sticky candy

Hard Foods to Avoid

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips (Exception: Baked Cheetos, Regular Lays, Baked Lays, and Mega-Thin chips from Tia Rosa are ok)
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust (the hard edge)
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)
  • Pretzels

Minimize Sugary Foods like

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy
  • Soft Drinks

Only Once a Day

  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar (Soft Drinks)

**Even diet drinks are bad for the enamel on your teeth.

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

Dr. Gerald Crain, Orthodontics

Dr. Gerald Crain provides a state of the art orthodontist practice based in Plano, Texas. Orthodontic treatments include braces and Invisalign for children, teens and adults. Dr. Gerald Crain's orthodontist office is located at 6837 Coit Rd Suite A, Plano, TX 75024. For more information or to schedule an appointment call our office at (972) 618-5050.