Eating

Hard foods may do damage by bending wires, loosening cement under the bands, or breaking the little brackets and tubes which are attached to the bands, or your teeth.  Sticky foods damage appliances by bending wires and pulling cement loose.

DON’T EAT:

  • Ice (not even if you’re careful)
  • Hard Candy (Jolly Ranchers, Jaw Breakers, etc.)
  • Sticky Candy (Skittles, Caramels, Tootsie Rolls, etc.)
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Nuts
  • Lemons (pure lemon juice is injurious to the tooth enamel)

MAYBE:

  • Gum (just be smart and chew sugar free gum)
  • Carrot Sticks (if you cut them into carrot curls which are thin and will not damage)
  • Apples (cut into small wedges)

FOODS THAT ARE APPEALING BUT DANGEROUS TO YOUR TEETH:

FOODS HIGH IN SUGAR CONTENT should be avoided whenever possible. If you do eat any of them, eat only at the end of a meal and brush your teeth immediately. If it’s not convenient to brush, then always rinse your mouth with clear water after eating very sweet foods like cake or pie.

*NOTE = Pop destroys teeth.  Period.  If you drink pop, expect your teeth to be marked and damaged.

A careful orthodontic patient can probably eat almost any food and do no damage to his/her appliances. However, these three types of food may cause trouble. There are many other foods which may cause trouble, so be safe, ask us if you are in doubt about eating them.