There are certain dietary habits that are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances, as well as increase the risk of dental disease. At our practice, we strive to achieve our treatment goals with as few disturbances as possible due to appliance breakage, and to minimize the side affects of poor diet choices. Remember, teeth move best in a healthy environment and in individuals with excellent overall health. Be sure you have a well balanced diet.
Potential Harm to Your Teeth and Gums
Foods and drinks that may cause dental caries (cavities) should be restricted while wearing braces. Sticky food is to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. This type of food sticks to braces and remains on your teeth for long periods of time. If foods or drinks high in sugar content are to be consumed, we advise having them with regular meals or at one given time of day. Please make sure that careful brushing and rinsing take place immediately afterwards. Between-meal snacks should be confined to foods without refined sugar, and should be flowed by brushing or vigorous rinsing.
Harm to Your Braces
Braces are attached to your teeth with an adhesive that normally will withstand the forces of eating. However, braces can be dislodged and wires bent or broken while eating certain foods. Chewing on pens and pencils will also lead to damaged appliances.
Foods to Avoid:
|Hard & Crunchy||Sticky & Chewy|
|Corn Nuts |
Corn on the Cob
Hard candies (i.e. Runts, Jaw Breakers)
Gummi Treats (Bears, Worms)
Starburst & Skittles
Candy bars w/ caramel or nuts
|Be Careful with the Following:|
|Chips (avoid thick corn chips)|
Thin Carrot Strips
Soft tacos, Burritos
Pizza - NO CRUST
Cheese and Crackers
Pancakes and Waffles
Cereal without Nuts
Cakes and Pies
Cookies – no nuts
Remember, if you have any questions about dietary restrictions or good food choices, please ask!