Foods to Avoid

While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar. Hard foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, and sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Minimize a number of sugary foods you eat; the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.

Sticky Foods to Avoid

  • Caramel
  • Gum
  • Starbursts
  • Licorice
  • Jelly Beans
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Toffee

Hard Food to Avoid

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Ice
  • Hard Rolls
  • Pizza Crust
  • Apples (okay if cut into small pieces)

Sugary Foods to Avoid

  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Cookies
  • Donuts
  • Chocolates
  • Slurpees, Energy Drinks and other drinks heavy in sugar