Care For Braces

Everything you need to know about caring for your new braces.

With a bit of help from you, your orthodontic treatment can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. However, without your help, the treatment time will be extended, your results may not be as perfect as we want them to be, and you could even get decay and gum infections around your braces. Let’s work together to ensure that these things don’t happen.

Be Careful With Your Braces

Please take a moment to review the Food List below for a list of foods that commonly break appliances.


Foods to Avoid

  • Ice – It’s so cold it hurts your mouth anyway, so avoid it.
  • Foreign objects – pens, pencils, fingernails, straws, etc.
  • Hard, sticky, chewy candy–Jolly Ranchers, Blow Pops, Jawbreakers, Starburst, Now-N-Later, Tootsie Roll, taffy, Skittles, etc.
  • Hard and chewy snacks – Power Bars, Rice Krispy treats, pretzels, Fritos, Corn Nuts, tortilla chips, nuts, etc.
  • Tough bread – thick pizza crust, bagels, hard rolls, etc.
  • Corn-on-the-Cob –Braces can get caught in the cob; it’s best to cut corn off the cob to eat.
  • Popcorn – The hulls get under your braces and cause gum infections.
  • Sugary drinks – Can weaken enamel and cause cavities.
  • Carbonated soft drinks – Contains phosphoric acid and can cause enamel staining and cavities.

Foods to Enjoy

  • Apples, carrots, and celery are good for you - Cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Sugar-free gum – Stimulates saliva flow which helps keep your teeth clean.
  • Soft candies – Chocolate, Three Musketeers, ice cream, etc.
  • Soft snacks – yogurt, applesauce, cheese, etc.

Remember – Use your common sense when deciding which foods you can eat and those to be avoided.

Proper brushing and flossing will keep your teeth and gums healthy and keep your breath smelling fresh.

Remember to keep regular appointments with your family dentist. It would help if you had a checkup and cleaning every six months. (We may recommend additional checkups or cleanings if needed). It will be important to remember to brush your teeth twice a day. Remember to brush your gums and angle your toothbrush in such a way to remove plaque and debris both above and below the brackets, especially between the brackets and your gums.

Call us if something seems loose or broken ~ We’re always here to make sure your treatment goes quick and smooth. If you let a broken bracket sit for a couple of days or weeks, the tooth could move, adding a substantial amount of extra time to your treatment. We all want this process to go as quickly as possible, so don’t hesitate to give us a call if something seems broken or even a little off. The best way to avoid unnecessary appointments is to call us as soon as you are aware that something is wrong.