Foods to Avoid


Congratulations! You just got your new braces! Now what? Below is some helpful information to help ensure your time spent wearing braces is a trouble-free time. The team at Eastern Virginia Orthodontics wants the time you spend in treatment to be an enjoyable experience. After all, once you’re done wearing braces, you can enjoy showing off your straight, healthy and attractive smile for the rest of your life!


When you’re wearing braces that are cemented to your teeth for the duration of your treatment process, it’s important follow the directions we gave you about what foods you should not eat. There are many types of foods that can damage your brackets and wires like hard, crunchy and sticky foods. And eating too many foods high in sugar can raise your risk for developing tooth decay. Below is an overview of the types of foods you should steer clear of when you have braces bonded to your teeth.


Hard Foods to Avoid 

  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • Hard-crusted breads and rolls
  • Corn on the cobapple
  • Apples, pears and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Pizza crust
  • Ice
  • Hard candies

Sticky Foods to Avoid:

  • Chewing gum (both regular & sugarless)candy
  • Licorice
  • Caramel
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Licorice
  • Starburst
  • Candy bars containing caramel or nuts

Minimize Consumption of Sugary Foods like:ice-cream

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

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  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Any beverage containing sugar

By avoiding the braces-busting foods above, you can avoid having to make emergency appointments with your orthodontist to have your braces repaired or replaced. And by limiting how many sugary treats and beverages you consume, you’ll be helping to keep your teeth healthy so your time spent in braces won’t be prolonged due to having to undergo dental treatment.

Just remember that these food sacrifices you’re making now will all be worth it in the end on the big day your braces come off and your brand new, incredible smile is revealed!

We would also like to remind you that you shouldn’t bite your nails or chew on foreign objects like pens and pencils as these habits can do damage to the appliances on your teeth. And be sure to check your braces regularly for any bent or loose wires or brackets. If something is bent or loose, be sure to contact us right away to arrange for a repair appointment.