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.

Absolutely No

Sticky Foods (sugarless or otherwise)jellybeans

  • Gum
  • Caramels
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Starbursts
  • Caramel Apples
  • Sugar Babies
  • Licorice
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • etc.

Hard Foodspretzel

  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Jaw Breakers
  • Lolli-pops
  • Nuts
  • Bagels
  • Apples (unless cut up)
  • Pizza Crusts
  • Carrots (uncooked, unless cut up)
  • Doritos
  • Pretzels
  • etc

 To Minimize Sugar Intake

Eat Lesscookie

  • Candy
  • Ice Cream
  • Cake
  • Cookies
  • Pie

Drink Lesssoda

  • Soda
  • Drinks with sugar

Check your braces occasionally for anything loose or bent. If a brace comes loose or you break a wire, please call our office so that we can arrange an appointment long enough to repair it. Be as specific as possible with the receptionist. If you lose your rubber bands, call us so we can mail you some more or drop by the office and pick some up.

You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food collects around the braces and between your teeth, and can only be removed by brushing and flossing. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the tooth surface. Brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule.
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After braces are placed in the mouth it is normal for the teeth to be sore for about 1 to 3 days. Tylenol or Advil will help relieve this discomfort. Some irritation to the cheeks and/or lips is normal, but if you feel anything sharp poking you or any sores developing, please call (609)654-0600.