In addition to common sense, the following list includes things that should never be eaten while your braces are on:

Hard, brittle foods, such as:

  • ice
  • nuts
  • raw carrots
  • pizza crust
  • popcorn
  • taco chips
  • hard candy

Soft sticky foods:

  • chewing gum (even the non-stick kind!)
  • caramels and toffee
  • Cola and pop with sugar
  • soft candy

Whole fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots should be sliced and eaten carefully. Hard, crusty breads should be broken up and eaten in small pieces. Corn should be sliced off the cob before eating.

Keep pencils, pens, and fingernails out of your mouth!

Treat your appliances as you would anything else of such high value: with care and respect! You will be rewarded with the best possible result in the shortest period of time!