FAQ’sFood list

Please review the Food List to familiarize yourself on what to expect during your time in treatment and how to prevent broken appliances.

 
Carbonated beverages

Carbonated Beverages

Soda dissolves the glue that holds your braces in place causing more broken brackets

 

Ice
Ice

A big no no! Eating ice will crack the cement that bonds the braces to the enamel of your teeth. Do not suck on ice either, you may give in and bite down. It only takes one little bite to crack the cement

 
Hard Pizza Crust

Hard Pizza Crust

Avoid hard edges of the pizza crust. You can still enjoy the toppings and the soft pizza base

 

Crunchy foods
Crunchy Foods

Avoid chips, Doritos, tortilla shells, Cheetos, Fritos, hard pretzels, etc. If it makes a crunch when you bite down, it is best to stay away.

 
Sticky, Chewy food

Sticky, Chewy Food

Gum, gummy bears, Tootsie Rolls, taffy. Sticky foods can pull separators out and/or get stuck to your appliances. This can lead to breakage and cavities.

 

Hard cookies
Hard Cookies

Ginger snaps, biscotti can be eaten only if softened in milk before consumption

 
Popcorn

Popcorn

Popcorn kernels (shells) are prone to getting stuck between your teeth and gums. It can cause bad breath, cavities, even infection

 

Pens/Pencils
Pens/Pencils

Even though it is a low calorie snack! stay away from this habit. Remember it only takes one bite to delay your treatment

 
Apples, Pickles, Carrots

Apples, Pickles, Carrots

Do not try to bite into an apple with your braces on. Any crunchy food should be cut into smaller bite size portions for consumption.

 

Oral Hygiene
Oral Hygiene

Remember to keep your teeth and gums clean: Proper brushing and flossing twice a day will help prevent cavities and decalcification (white or brown) stains during orthodontic treatment.

 

Broken appliances (brackets, bands or wires etc.) will delay your treatment and can lead to increased treatment costs and poor results. Please be advised this is only a guide used for food items you want to avoid during treatment. Not all the items to be avoided have been listed. Use caution while eating to prevent breakage of orthodontic appliances. If your appliance breaks or gets loose call our office immediately .


 
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