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 the amount of sugary foods you eat; the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Pizza crust

Minimize Sugary Foods like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Minimize Sugary Drinks like:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Kool-Aid or sweetened fruit juices 

We encourage patients to quit bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects. All of these activities can break or damage your braces.

 

Davis & Nyczepir Orthodontics

  • Chester Office - 10436 Ironbridge Rd., Chester, VA 23831 Phone: 804-748-3234
  • Richmond Office - 9015 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23235 Phone: 804-272-7528
  • Midlothian Office - 1009 Crowder Dr., Midlothian, VA 23113 Phone: 804-794-4213
  • Amelia Office - 10160 Superior Way, Amelia, VA 23002 Phone: 804-748-3234

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