Foods to Avoid

As long as you have your braces on, it is important to be cautious. The better you take care of your braces, the faster your final smile can be revealed. During treatment, you can plan on eating most of the food you normally enjoy, with only a few exceptions:

Foods high in sugar content:

  • With or without braces, you want to limit the consumption of sugary foods. In the rare occasions you eat them, you brush immediately after you’re done.
  • Poor oral hygiene combined with food high in sugar content has the potential to create acids which attack the enamel (outer surface) of your teeth. This can lead to white spots on the teeth, and potentially lead to cavities.
  • Pop is usually high in sugar and should be avoided as much as possible. Not only does it contain sugar, but it is also acidic, creating the same effect on the enamel as not brushing your teeth.

Hard foods:

  • Use common sense — some foods are just too hard to safely chew with braces, like very hard nuts, hard French bread, croutons, popcorn and ice. You can still have pizza but make sure to cut the crust into bite-sized pieces before eating it.
  • Popcorn has the potential to become lodged between the gums and the teeth. This can result in a painful irritation of the gums and could eventually lead to permanent damage of your gums.
  • Foods that you usually bite into with your front teeth can be risky with braces. Don’t worry, you can still have apples! But apples, fresh carrots, corn-on-the-cob and meat with bones should be cut up into bite-sized pieces.

Chewy foods:

  • Chewy candies such as toffee, caramels and Jolly Ranchers are bad for your teeth and braces. Not only can they create cavities, these candies are so chewy that they can actually pull your braces right off your teeth!

*** Biting your nails and/or chewing on pencils and pens can damage your braces, and should be avoided.