Foods to Avoid With Braces

Eating Habits

Use common sense about most foods while wearing braces.

Please do not eat hard foods. These foods risk breaking brackets and wires:

  • Nuts
  • Ice
  • Crisp taco shells
  • Whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first)
  • Hard French bread crust and rolls
  • Spareribs
  • Corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating)
  • Popcorn
  • Bagels
  • Apples
  • Pizza Crusts
  • Doritos
  • Pretzels

Do not eat sticky foods:

  • Taffy
  • Caramels
  • Bubble gum (a small piece of sugarless gum occasionally is acceptable)
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Starbursts
  • Sugar Babies
  • Licorice
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Now & Laters

Minimize sugar intake:

  • Candy
  • Ice Cream
  • Cake
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Foods with Sugar
  • Drink Much Fewer Drinks with Sugar

Also beware of nail biting and pen or pencil chewing habits, since these can damage your braces.