Helpful Hints


Food to Avoid

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 Sticky Food to Avoid

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)     
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst
  • ​Jolly Ranchers
  • Taffy
  • ​Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Twizzlers

Minimize Sugary Foods Like

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Examples of Hard Food to Avoid

  • Ice
  • Buffalo Wings ( with bone)
  • Ribs
  • Hard Steak
  • Corn Nuts
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French Bread Crust/Rolls
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Apples
  • Hard Carrots
  • ​Popcorn​​

Only Once a Day Items

  • Soda
  • Sweetened Tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with Sugar

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.               

Brushing & Flossing Around Braces

With braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever. That's because braces have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque get trapped, and insufficient cleaning while wearing braces can cause enamel staining and tooth decay around brackets or bands.

Be sure to brush carefully after every meal with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and check your teeth in the mirror to make sure they're clean. Take time to floss between braces and under wires with the help of a floss threader. Additionally, visit the dentist to have your teeth cleaned every six months to keep your gums and teeth healthy.