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For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimise sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on hard objects (e.g. opening sports bottles with your teeth, chewing on plastic rulers, leather straps etc. ) should be avoided. In general it is wise to remember to be gentle and careful with your brace – always.

Fewer breakages and better care with food & drink means your teeth will move faster and will look better when the braces are eventually removed.

In general, it is best to avoid all snacking between meals – even if you plan to brush your teeth immediately afterwards. No matter how well you brush, some bits of sugar will be left to cause damage to the teeth. It is particularly important to avoid eating within an hour of going to bed.

Oh yes! One other very important thing. Fizzy drinks. These are deadly to the teeth, whether normal or diet. They soften and erode the enamel of the teeth and can do so quickly. Best to avoid fizzy drinks on a regular basis, and have them only once or twice a month.

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid

  • Gum (whether sugar-free or regular)
  • Liquorice
  • Sugar
  • Skittles
  • Toffee
  • Wine gums
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread & crusty rolls (particularly the end bits)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Hard Bagels
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods like

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Biscuits
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Chocolate

Only Once a Day

  • Fruit juices
  • Energizer / Lucozade Sport (non-fizzy)
  • Ribena
  • Capri-sun
  • Drinks with sugar

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.