There are certain dietary habits that are known to cause breakage of
orthodontic appliances, as well as increase the risk of dental disease. Dr.
Elison's aim is to achieve the treatment goals with as few disturbances as
possible due to appliance breakage, and to minimize the side affects of poor
diet choices. Remember, teeth move best in a healthy environment and in
individuals with excellent overall health. Be sure you have a well-balanced
Potential Harm to Your Teeth and Gums
Foods and drinks that may cause dental caries (cavities) should be restricted
while wearing braces. Sticky food is to be avoided because of the increased
risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. This type of food sticks to
braces and remains on your teeth for long periods of time. If food or
drinks high in sugar content are to be consumed, we advise having them
with regular meals or at one given time of day. Please make sure that
careful brushing and rinsing take place immediately afterwards.
Between-meal snacks should be confined to foods without refined sugar,
and should be followed by brushing or vigorous rinsing.
Potential Harm to Your Braces
Braces are attached to your teeth with an adhesive that normally will
withstand the forces of eating. However, braces can be dislodged and wires
bent or broken while eating certain foods.
Chewing ice will destroy your braces.
Sticky food or candy of any kind (taffy, caramels, Tootsie Rolls, Gummy
Bears, Now and Laters) damage appliances by bending wires and pulling
Hard food or candy of any kind (Jolly Ranchers, pizza crust, hard pretzels,
beef jerky, Doritos, Fritos, Cornuts, raw carrots, nuts) may do damage by
bending wires, loosening cement under the bands or breaking the little
brackets and tubes that are attached.
Foods high in sugar content (cake, cookies, ice cream) should be avoided
whenever possible. If you do eat them, brush your teeth immediately. If it
is not convenient to brush, then always rinse your mouth with clear water
after eating sweet foods.
Remember, if you have any questions about dietary restrictions or good food
choices, please ask!