Foods to Avoid

Stay Away From These Foods If You Have Braces

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Foods To Avoid If You Have Braces

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 Hard Foods to Avoid

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • Bagels
  • French Bread Crust/Rolls
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Apples
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza Crust
  • Uncooked Carrots
  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst