Orthodontic Patient Diet

Special Instructions for our Orthodontic Patients

Food and beverages that cannot easily or readily be cleaned off your braces may lead to marks on and decay of your teeth. Although your braces and wires are metal, the cement/glue holding them in place is temporary , making them FRAGILE. Eating certain foods may loosen or break your braces, which can lead to an increase in the length of your treatment. To keep your treatment on track, it’s it's important to keep your appointments, avoid things that might cause breakage, and keep your teeth and braces clean. So please keep in mind the BAD IDEAS and BETTER CHOICES listed below:

Foods You MUST Avoid

  • Gum (sugarless or otherwise)
  • Sticky Food (caramels, Snickers, Starbursts, Skittles, licorice, gummy bears, jelly beans, fruit roll-ups, Tootsie Rolls, taffy, toffee, Sugar Daddy's, Charleston Chews, Rice Krispies Treats, some granola bars and power bars)
  • Hard food/candy (nuts, Jolly Ranchers, mints, Life Savers, frozen Charleston Chews, ice cubes, corn on the cob, pizza crusts, whole apples, full sized and baby whole carrots, thick corn chips and hard pretzels)
  • Sodas, Gatorade and sugary drinks 
  • Cakes, pies, cookies and ice cream (bad idea as a snack, but not as a dessert with brushing immediately afterward!)

Foods You May Have

  • Cheese
  • Fluffy popcorn
  • Goldfish crackers, soft pretzels and Cheez-It crackers
  • Baked cheese curls
  • Chocolate (without nuts), M&M's (plain), peanut butter cups, Reese's Pieces and lollipops
  • Fruit ice pops
  • Corn removed from the cob, cut up any hard fruits or veggies
  • Yogurt
  • Small bagel (warmed , not toasted)