When it comes to protecting your teeth and orthodontia, common sense will usually tell you what foods and beverages not to consume. For the most part, though, the main categories to avoid include hard foods, sticky foods, and foods high in sugar.

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Foods to Avoid with Braces

Hard Foods

  • Ice (do not chew); try shaved ice or smoothies
  • Nuts (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Corn on the cob (cut off the cob)
  • Chips (hard and crunchy chips)
  • Jolly Ranchers and other hard candies
  • Raw, hard fruits and vegetables (We suggest steaming or cutting into small pieces.)
  • Meat on the bone (ribs or chicken) – Use a fork to remove the meat rather than possibly biting the bone

Sticky Foods

  • Gum
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Sugary Foods

  • Cake
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy
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