Foods to Avoid

What Foods Can I Not Eat With Braces?

Are you new to wearing braces? When an intense hankering for a salty or sweet snack comes along, what sort of foods should you avoid to ensure your braces function properly? While you might be tempted to sink your bracket-covered teeth into a bag of kettle-cooked potato chips, or perhaps indulge yourself with a piece of caramel, think again! Understanding why and how eating certain types of foods will negatively affect your braces and your oral health is crucial for successful orthodontic treatment.


What Happens When You Eat Hard & Sticky Foods With Braces


When you bite into a hard piece of food or a sticky piece of candy without braces, your tooth is put under a great deal of stress by the force it takes to break down and chew that piece of food. With the addition of braces attached to your teeth, biting into hard foods will put an immense amount of force onto the bracket, archwire, or band attachment along with the tooth.


More often than not, the bracket or band will fall victim to the force it takes to eat hard food, and they will break or pop off. When a bracket or band becomes loose, your orthodontic treatment comes to an immediate halt until you are able to see an expert orthodontists at Wiregrass Orthodontics to have the problem repaired. For most braces wearers, a loose band or bracket will set their treatment back from one to two months!


Starchy Foods & Your Teeth


As foods like potato chips have a high starch content, they contain a concentrated source of carbohydrates, calories, as well as salt compared to fruits, non-starchy vegetables, and dairy. These starchy foods generate plaque acid that can cause tooth decay and promote gum disease while you have braces, as it’s more difficult to properly clean your teeth.


Sticky Foods to Avoid

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)

  • Licorice

  • Sugar Daddies

  • Toffee

  • Tootsie Rolls

  • Caramels

  • Starburst

Hard, Starchy 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

  • Jolly Ranchers

  • Pizza crust

  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Sugary Foods To Minimize

  • Cake

  • Ice Cream

  • Cookies

  • Pie

  • Candy

Sugary Drinks To Minimize

  • Soda

  • Sweetened tea

  • Gatorade

  • Kool-Aid

  • Drinks with sugar

Your Dothan, Ozark, & Enterprise, AL Orthodontic Experts At Wiregrass Orthodontics


At Wiregrass Orthodontics, we take pride in providing individualized orthodontic treatment in and around southeast Alabama! With over 16 years of orthodontic expertise, Dr. John P. Howell and his orthodontic team specialize in providing patients of all ages with world-class orthodontic treatments, helping them achieve a beautiful smile! With affordable and flexible orthodontic plans, and high-quality orthodontic treatments, Wiregrass Orthodontics is your premier orthodontic practice!

Contact Wiregrass Orthodontics Today For More Info On Braces-Safe Foods!


At Wiregrass Orthodontics in Dothan, Ozark, & Enterprise, AL, our highly experienced orthodontic team knows the importance of keeping your braces safe, and maintaining good oral hygiene while doing so! Understanding the types of foods you need to stay away from is crucial to ensuring that your braces are functioning properly, and that your teeth are staying happy and healthy!

While wearing braces, it's important to check for bent or loose wires and brackets every day! If you have a loose and/or broken wire or bracket, please contact our office immediately to arrange a repair appointment.

Wiregrass Orthodontic Specialists

  • Dothan Office - 100 O’Brannon Park Dr., Dothan, AL 36303 Phone: 334-792-1000
  • Enterprise Office - 557 Glover Ave. #1, Enterprise, AL 36330 Phone: 334-347-6777
  • Ozark Office - 317 James St., Ozark, AL 36360 Phone: 334-792-1000

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