About Braces > Foods to Avoid

If you have braces it is important to avoid certain foods. We recommend avoiding sugary and starchy foods because they increase your risk for cavities and also cause white marks on your teeth. Sugary and starchy foods generate plaque and that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

You will need to avoid sticky, chewy and hard foods because they will damage your brackets and wires. Each time you damage a bracket or wire it increases your treatment time.

If you are careful with what you eat during treatment you are more likely get your braces off on time - maybe ever sooner then expected!

Types of Foods and drinks to Avoid Completely
Hard Foods
Such as - nuts, ice, lolly pops, popcorn, crusty breads, corn chips, tacos, hard biscuits like Savoys, Jatz, Chocolate Ripple.

Sticky & Chewy Foods
Such as - chewing gum, bubble gums, sticky lollies like Skittles, Redskins, Mentos and Minties, Mars Bars, Snickers, Chokito, Licorice, Jelly Beans.

Sugary Foods & Drinks
Such as - chocolate and chocolate bars like M&Ms, Cherry Ripes, Crunchies. All soft drinks (including diet drinks). All sports drinks.

Acidic Foods & Drinks
Foods and drinks like soft drinks (including diet drinks), energy drinks, excessive amounts of fruit juice, vinegar, lemons and limes. 

Foods to cut into small pieces
Hard raw fruits and vegetables like apples, celery and carrot should be cut into small pieces.

Corn is to be cut from the cob.

Don’t bite or chew your finger nails or the ends of pens and pencils.

Remove meat from the bone with a knife & fork. Dont chew on chop bones or chicken bones.


Braces Friendly Foods
Orthodontic patients can enjoy a variety of healthy food options, from main dishes to side dishes to snacks and desserts. A healthy diet provides essential nutrients and helps the patient achieve the best possible results from orthodontic treatment.

When braces are fitted we will give you a list of the types of foods that are braces friendly and the types of foods you should not eat.

Examples of ‘Braces Friendly’ family meals;
Roast meats, meatloaf, spaghetti & meatballs, pastas, risotto, fish & chips, soft crust pizza, chow min, fried rice, burritos, noodles, stir fry, quiche, soups, casseroles and stews, scrambled eggs, sandwiches and meats cooked in a slow cooker. Chops and steak - remove meat from the bone. Any soft cooked vegetable or fruit.
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