What Foods Should My Child Avoid with Braces?

Posted On: June 20, 2017

It’s a good idea to skip foods that can damage or dislodge the braces. Avoid hard foods such as candy, raw carrots, corn on the cob, pretzels, nuts, popcorn and crushed ice. Other foods to avoid are sticky foods such as caramel and taffy or gum that contains sugar. These foods can cause loose brackets and broken wires. Constant loose brackets and bent wires throughout treatment can cause longer treatment time. It is also wise to avoid soda whenever possible due to the citric acid that can damage enamel. It is also recommended to eat mainly soft foods for the first 24 hours once the brackets are placed to allow the brackets to adhere to the teeth. -Cammy