Food Center (Foods to Avoid)

Choosing to get braces can be one of the best decisions you can make. Once started on the road to loving your new smile there are a few things you need to know and helpful ways to avoid any bumps during your treatment. Keeping good oral hygiene and eating well balanced healthy meals should keep you on track of success and the beautiful new smile you deserve. (Download PDF of all information, including recipes)

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Foods to Avoid

Anything Hard, Chewy, and Sticky such as Taffy and Gum. If you should need a cough drop, try to suck on it and avoid crunching into it.

Hard Breads including Cuban, Italian, Sub rolls, Pizza crust, Bagels, and Croissants. You can rip these types into smaller pieces and chew on your back teeth.

If you eat any type of meat on the bone such as ribs, chicken, etc., pull the meat off the bone to prevent from biting the bone and knocking and brackets loose.

Stay away from eating any type of Jerky or Popcorn. Popcorn shells are known to cause gum infections and kernels can be an easy way to break a bracket.

Make sure to cut all fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces. Do not bite into an apple or carrot, and cut all corn of the cob.

Keep away from bad habits, such as chewing on ice, biting on pens, pencils, and finger nails. Yuck!

Helpful Tips to Know

Good to My Braces Foods

Example Recipes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pinwheels

Easy Egg Salad Minis

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Homemade Banana Bread

Sheppard's Pie

Baked Spaghetti

Applesauce Bars