Foods to Avoid

Orthodontic treatment can yield amazing results, but unfortunately, the rewards don't come without a price. While your orthodontist will do everything in his or her power to ensure effective and speedy treatment, there are things you can do on your end to aid in the process—and things that you should not do. A great deal of things that you shouldn't do involve foods.

At Niagara Orthodontics, our team provides unwavering support and advice to our patients throughout the duration of their treatment. Though the months or even years-long process won't be easy, we can help make the process a bit more bearable by providing a list of alternatives to your favorite foods, and a list that details precisely which foods to avoid.

Foods You Can and Cannot Eat With Braces

While you are wearing braces, our orthodontist in St. Catharines recommends avoiding 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.

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

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  • 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)

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  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

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

Dr. Pershad also encourages 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.

Contact Us Today!

For more advice on how to care for your braces and to ensure a strong, healthy and beautiful smile at the end of your treatment, contact Niagara Orthodontics. Visit our contact page to find the office near you, or schedule an appointment online with us today!  

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