Foods to Avoid

While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar. Hard foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, and sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Minimize the amount of sugary foods you eat; the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:candy

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

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:apple

  • 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:ice-cream

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:cup

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

We encourage patients to quit bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects. All of these activities can break or damage your braces.

It's important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to arrange a repair appointment.

Mattingly & Howell Orthodontics

  • Jefferson County Location - 2317 Stony Brook Dr., Louisville, KY 40220 Phone: 502-895-3473
  • Jefferson County Location - 7206 Dixie Hwy., Louisville, KY 40258 Phone: 502-933-2323
  • Jefferson County Location - 313 Guthrie St., Louisville, KY 40202 Phone: 502-890-6508
  • Nelson County Location - 208 N. Second St., Bardstown, KY 40004 Phone: 502-349-6300
  • Marion County Location - 219 W. Main St., Lebanon, KY 40033 Phone: 270-984-8515

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