There are certain dietary habits that are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances, as well as increase the risk of dental disease. Our aim is to achieve the treatment goals with as few disturbances due to appliance breakage as possible. Remember, teeth move their best in a healthy environment and in individuals with excellent overall health.

Potential Harm to Your Teeth and Gums
Foods and beverages that may cause dental cavities should be restricted while wearing braces. Sticky foods are to be avoided because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. These foods stick to your braces and remain 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 meals, snacks should be confined to foods without refined sugar and should be followed by vigorous rinsing if a toothbrush is not available.
The following foods can be particularly harmful to your teeth while wearing braces:

  • Taffy and Caramels
  • Soda Pop
  • Sugar on Cereal
  • Icing on Rolls or Cakes
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Catsup
  • Syrup and Honey on Pancakes or Waffles
  • Lemons (If eaten too often, the citric acid in the juice can dissolve tooth enamel.)

Potential Harm to Your Braces
Braces have been attached to your teeth with an adhesive that will normally withstand the forces of eating. However, braces can be dislodged and wires bent or broken while eating certain foods. Hard foods, such as nuts, hard candy, corn chips, and even crisp taco shells, can harm your braces and should be avoided. Chewing ice cubes can also be very destructive to your appliances. Some foods, such as whole apples, raw carrots or celery are healthy snacks, but must be cut to avoid damaging your braces.

Chewy foods, such as gum, caramels, and even thick bread crusts, can bend and distort wires, causing treatment delays and extra visits for repairs. Popcorn can cause harm in multiple ways. The husks from the popcorn can become lodged beneath the braces and cause irritation to the gum tissue. Unpopped kernels can shear or break off brackets as well as bend or dislodge wires. Please inspect your braces when eating foods that may become caught on the braces or beneath the gums.