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Eating Right

Braces are attached to your teeth with an adhesive that may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires could also become bent or broken with improper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.

Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food or drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.

The foods listed are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances. These restricted foods are examples of what NOT to eat.

Whole fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots should be cooked or cut into small pieces and eaten carefully!

Eating restricted foods may cause problems that could result in extra visits for repairs, or extend the length of your treatment. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific questions about food choices should be directed to Dr. Gallagher or our dental assistants.


Stay away from these!

  • Beef Jerky
  • Candy Bars with Nuts
  • Caramels
  • Celery
  • Corn Chips (and other hard chips)
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Frozen Candy
  • Gum
  • Gummy Fruit Chews
  • Gummy Vitamins
  • Hard Candy
  • Hard Granola Bars
  • Hard Pretzels
  • Ice
  • Jelly Beans
  • Meat on the Bone
  • Nuts
  • Pizza Crust
  • Pitted Cherries
  • Popcorn
  • Seeded Grapes
  • Starbursts
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Taffy
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Tortilla Chips
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