Which foods should you avoid while wearing braces?
Breaking brackets are almost always caused by eating foods you shouldn’t be eating. That’s why at Straight Orthodontics we encourage our patients to avoid eating hard foods, foods high in sugar or sticky foods. Hard foods can easily break or damage the brackets and wires, whilst sticky foods can easily get trapped in between the wires and brackets, and sugary foods can cause tooth decay and other problems.
Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:
- Gum (sugar-free or regular)
- Chewy lollies
Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:
- Hard taco shells
- French bread crust/rolls
- Corn on the cob
- Apples (unless cut into small pieces)
- Pizza crust
- Uncooked carrots (unless cut or grated)
Minimise Sugary Foods like:
- Ice Cream
- Soft drinks
- Sports drinks
We encourage patients to quit bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects. Avoiding these habits will assure you don’t break any brackets.
It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, we do ask that you call and let us know about the breakage ahead of your next appointment. This allows us to determine if we should make you an additional (sooner) appointment. It also allows us to be prepared and ready with the correct equipment required to repair the breakage when you come in.