Foods to Avoid

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In general, foods that are hard, sticky or chewy can be very damaging to orthodontic appliances. If your appliances are frequently broken due to neglect, your treatment time may be extended. The appliances are designed to withstand a certain amount of force but not force in excess caused by eating restricted foods or chewing on pens or pencils.

In addition, if you are wearing braces, you will need to cut the meat off the bone and the corn off the cob. Hand-held foods such as bagels or hard fruits and vegetables must be cut in pieces and chewed with the back teeth. Biting into these foods with your front teeth will break your appliances.

If you are wearing invisible aligners (Invisalign), you must remove the aligners to eat and drink.

For all patients: Sugary foods and snacks, particularly soda, should be consumed in moderation. Brushing and flossing is recommended after every meal and snack!