Diet and Eating Habits

A well-balanced diet, minimizing sweets and sugared beverages is important. Hard, crunchy and sticky foods should not be eaten to avoid damaging your braces.

Eat Carefully

  • Carrot Sticks – cut into the curls
  • Apples – Slice into small wedges; do NOT bite into an apple
  • Hard Breads (French) – take small pieces, chew carefully
  • Pizza – take small bites, avoid eating the crust
  • Meats – cut into mini bites and chew carefully
  • Crackers and biscuits – take small pieces
  • Peanut butter – soft only, never eat “chunky” style

Stay Away and Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods

  • Popcorn & Nuts
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candy & Peanut Brittle
  • Pretzels & Chips
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Taffy & Caramel
  • Gum
  • Gummy Candy
  • Tootsie Roll Pops/Lollipops
  • Jawbreakers
  • Slim Jims
  • Sticky Candy Bars, ie Snickers or Baby Ruth
  • Twizzlers

Habits to Avoid

  • Chewing on Ice
  • Chewing on Pens or Pencils
  • Chewing on Fingernails