Diet and Food Recommendations:

Orthodontic appliances are delicate and can easily be damaged. Plus, the teeth are more susceptible to decay while braces are in place, so it is important that certain precautions be taken during treatment. Below is a list of items that you should either avoid or be aware of to protect your teeth and your appliances.

  • CANDYย ๐Ÿญ โ€“ some of it is just too hard or chewy and most of it is too sugary; if you do eat soft candy, be sure to brush as soon as possible to get the sugar off of your teeth!
  • ICE CUBES ๐ŸงŠ โ€“ DO NOT chew on ice cubes, as they can do a lot of damage.
  • FRENCH BREAD and PIZZA CRUST ๐Ÿ•ย โ€“ eat the soft parts and stay away from the hard parts.
  • APPLES and CARROTS ๐Ÿฅ•โ€“ cut into small pieces; do not bite into apples or carrots with your front teeth.
  • CORN ON THE COB ๐ŸŒฝ โ€“ for now it is better โ€œoff the cob.โ€
  • TACOS ๐ŸŒฎ โ€“ Mexican restaurants had you in mind when they added โ€œsoft tacosโ€ to the menu!
  • CHIPS ๐Ÿฅ  โ€“ be careful, โ€œnachosโ€ and other tortilla chips can be too hard, so โ€œJUST SAY NO!โ€
  • SPARE RIBS and CHICKEN ๐Ÿ— โ€“ they are better โ€œoff the bone.โ€
  • GUM ๐Ÿฌย โ€“ not recommended because it can pull off your colors that hold the wire in, plus it puts stress on your braces and your jaw joints.
  • PENCILS, PENS, FINGERNAILS ๐Ÿ–Š โ€“ not food; do not chew!