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.

YES Foods!

  • Pudding
  • Jell-O
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • PB & J Sandwiches
  • Pasta
  • Soft Tacos
  • Corn Cut-off the Cob
  • Apples Slices
  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Rice
  • Fruit
  • Cheese
  • Cooked Vegetables
  • Pickles
  • Pimento & Cheese
  • Chocolate Bars-No Nuts!
  • 3 Musketeers
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Peppermint Patties
  • Lots of Ice Cream
  • Lots of Milkshakes

NO Foods!

  • Hard Pizza Crust
  • Hard Taco Shells
  • Hard Corn Chips
  • Hard Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Doritos
  • Fritos
  • Cheetos
  • Nuts
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Whole Apples
  • Beef Jerky
  • Slim Jims
  • Fruit Roll-ups
  • Snickers
  • Ice

NO-NO Foods!

  • Bubble Gum
  • Chewing Gum
  • Jawbreakers
  • Now & Laters
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Starbursts
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Caramels
  • Sugar Daddy’s
  • Jelly Beans
  • Skittles
  • Milk Duds
  • Pens & Pencils

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.