Eating with Braces

Don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! Our goal is to provide you with a beautiful smile. This can best be accomplished if your braces stay attached to your teeth. Not permanently attached, braces are designed to come off with a certain amount of pressure while keeping your enamel healthy.

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods can break and damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Sugary foods and sports drinks cause tooth decay and related problems. Chewing on hard objects such as ice, pencils and pens will also damage your braces.


  • Hard foods – ice, nuts
  • Hard candies – peppermints, Jolly Ranchers, lollipops, cough drops
  • Crunchy foods – ice, popcorn, thick tortilla chips
  • Sticky foods – caramels, taffy, Starburst, Now and Laters, Tootsie Rolls
  • Chewy foods – bagels, licorice
  • Foods that require biting into – corn on the cob, whole apples, carrots
  • Sugary drinks and carbonated soft drinks
  • Ribs or chicken on the bone
  • Do not chew on foreign objects – pens, pencils, straws


  • Apples, carrots, celery cut into bit sized pieces and eaten with care
  • Corn cut off the cob
  • Chicken and ribs cut off the bone
  • Sugarless chewing gum stimulates saliva flow, which helps keep the teeth clean
  • Soft candies such as chocolate, Milky Way, Three Musketeers
  • Ice cream and frozen yogurt

REMEMBER: Use your common sense when deciding which foods you can eat and those to be avoided. If a band or bracket comes loose, please call and let us know, as it is not always possible to repair appliances at your regular appointment without prior warning.