Foods to Avoid

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:candy

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:apple

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods like:ice-cream

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:cup

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

It's important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

Isaacs, Nawy & Stern Orthodontics

  • Bel Air Office - 2021-A Emmorton Rd., Suite 212, Bel Air, MD 21015 Phone: 410-569-6800 Fax: 410-569-6618
  • Pikesville Office - 7211 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208 Phone: 443-393-4900 Fax: 410-358-2355
  • Perry Hall Office - 4301 Ebenezer Rd., Perry Hall, MD 21236 Phone: 410-466-4319 Fax: 410-661-3564
  • Timonium Office - 2326 York Rd., Suite 110, Timonium, MD 21093 Phone: 410-252-3880 Fax: 410-252-3882

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