During orthodontic treatment, certain dietary changes are necessary to protect your appliances, in order to maintain consistent steady progress toward your awesome new smile.

However, having braces doesn’t mean you have to stop eating your favorite foods. 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. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Just Say No



Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid:

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


Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

Ice
Nuts
Hard taco shells
French bread crust/rolls
Corn on the cob
Apples (unless cut into small pieces)
Starburst
Bagels
Chips
Jolly Ranchers
Pizza crust
Uncooked carrots (unless cut)


Minimize Sugary Foods like:

Cake
Ice Cream
Cookies
Pie
Candy, Soda and other Sugar Filled Beverages


Occasional Treats:

Soda
Sweetened tea
Gatorade
Kool-Aid
Drinks with sugar

If you do eat sweets, make sure you rinse after eating anything with a high sugar content!

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 Dr. Teja immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.



Good things to eat while in treatment:

Soft Foods
Pudding (sugar free)
Soups
Muffins with out nuts or seeds
Blended Smoothie Drinks
Jello (sugar free)
Plenty of Water
Applesauce
Frozen Yogurt
Pasta
Fish
Cooked Vegetables


Dr. Zeeny Teja, B.D.S., M.S.c., M.S.D. | 1955 6th Avenue West | Seattle, WA 98119 | Phone: 206-285-7755
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