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Eating Habits

An orthodontic patient can properly eat almost any food and, with reasonable care, can avoid damage to his or her appliances.  However, these three types of food may cause trouble:

  • HARD FOODS
  • STICKY FOODS
  • FOODS HIGH IN SUGAR CONTENT

HARD FOODS may cause damage by bending the wires, loosening the cement under the bands, or breaking the attachments on the bands.  Some of the foods of this type are listed below along with the ways they may be eaten.

Carrots or celery sticks………………………………………….Grated, cooked, or cut into thin pieces

Apples………………………………………………………………………Peeled and cut into wedges

French bread/hard rolls………………………………………….Small pieces; beware of the hard crusts

Corn on the cob……………………………………………………..Kernels must be cut off the cob

Chewing ice cubes………………………………………………….PLEASE DON’T!!

Chewing on pencils…………………………………………………PLEASE DON’T!!

Popcorn……………………………………………………………………PLEASE DON’T!!  Husks that may get trapped between  the  teeth and gums can cause swelling and infection

STICKY FOODS damage the appliances by bending wires and loosening cement.  Taffy, Sugar Daddies, Caramels, Gummy Bears, Bubble Gum, Etc. are foods to be avoided.

FOODS HIGH IN SUGAR CONTENT should be avoided between meals.  Brush your teeth thoroughly immediately after eating sweets.  In spite of your care, you may occasionally do some damage to your braces.  If a band comes loose, please call our office.  A tight band actually protects a tooth from decay, but decay is rapid under a loose band.  If any appliance is irritating or hurting you, please call the office so that we can help you or have you come in for a special appointment.