Foods to Avoid

Recommended Foods to Avoid During Orthodontics

Keeping Your Braces Safe In Bismarck & Dickinson

At Hollevoet Orthodontics, we aim to give everyone a gorgeous smile they are proud to show off. As your Bismarck & Dickinson orthodontics professionals, we have various treatment options for the common irregularities of our patients’ mouths. Not only do we offer ceramic braces, metal braces, Invisalign treatment, and other orthodontic appliances, we also give you the information you need to care for them at home. We’ll get you started with a list of foods to avoid during treatment and why.

Understanding the "Why"

First, it’s important to understand the “why” behind avoiding certain foods. When you have braces on your teeth, sticky foods and those that have high amounts of sugar should always be avoided. Hard foods should also be eliminated from your diet for the time being. Foods that are too sticky can pull on the archwires, bending them out of shape. This can delay treatment time because the wires won’t be shaping your teeth as they should. Hard foods have the same effect, but can pop the brackets off as well.

Sticky foods, as well as sugary foods, also increase the likelihood of tooth decay. Sugar actually dissolves the protective enamel on the teeth. The orthodontic appliances create a great hangout spot for sticky, sugary foods, which speeds up the dissolving process even more so. When the appliances are removed after treatment, there could be stains in those places.

What to Avoid

If you have braces, it might be a good idea to print this list and hang it on the fridge, just to be sure you don’t end up with prolonged treatment or decaying teeth.

Sticky Foods to Avoid:

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

Hard Foods to Avoid:

  • 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:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

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

While it is okay to sometimes eat sugary foods, it’s important to keep them at a minimum. Drinks with sugar, such as Gatorade®, Kool-Aid®, soda, or sweet tea, should be limited to once per day. With anything you eat, remember to rinse your mouth and then brush and floss your teeth immediately to remove any particles that might begin the decay process.

Call Us if Your Braces Come Loose!

In the event that a bracket does pop off due to foods, please note that this is not the end of the world. Dr. Hollevoet and his skilled team can help reattach that brace back on lickity-split. Just be sure to call us as soon as it happens so it doesn’t impact your orthodontic treatment. If you need to schedule an appointment, we’ll be here for you!