Foods To Avoid


At The Village Orthodontist, we want your orthodontic experience to go as smoothly as possible.  When you’re wearing braces, you’ll have to be careful with what you eat, because there are some foods that can loosen, bend or break the bands, brackets, and wires on your teeth. These include a variety of sticky, chewy or hard snacks that you should do your very best to avoid during treatment. Dr. Moles will provide you with a list of foods to avoid during treatment, but just in case you need a reminder, you’ll find them below.

Examples of Sticky & Chewy Foods to Avoid:


  • Chewing Gum (sugar-free or regular)

  • Caramel

  • Toffee

  • Taffy

  • Tootsie Rolls

  • Starburst, Skittles and similar candy

Examples of Hard & Crunchy Foods to Avoid:apple

  • Nuts

  • Chips

  • Hard taco shells

  • French bread crust/rolls

  • Corn on the cob

  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)

  • Pizza crust

  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Cut Back on Sugary Foods:

In addition to steering clear of these braces-busting foods, you should also limit your consumption of sugary foods and snacks so you can avoid developing cavities. Steer clear of the following sweet treats while you’re improving your smile with braces:


  • Cake

  • Ice Cream

  • Cookies

  • Pie

  • Candy

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  • Soda

  • Sweetened tea

  • Gatorade and other sports drinks

  • Kool-Aid

  • Drinks with sugar

It’s also important to avoid some bad habits that can damage your braces like:

  • Chewing on ice
  • Biting your fingernails
  • Chewing on pencils
  • Opening packages with your teeth
  • Playing with your braces using your tongue or fingers
A good way to make sure your braces are always in great shape is to check them regularly for bent or loose arch wires or brackets. If you think a part of your braces has broken or loosened, call our office right away to let us know so we can decide what to do.

Questions? Contact Your Frederick Orthodontist!

By being careful about what you eat, you should be able to breeze through your treatment without needing any repair appointments to fix loose, bent, or broken bands, brackets, and wires! If you have any questions about what you can or cannot eat while wearing braces, just contact us for the answers you need! We can be reached at (301) 874-4747 or if you’d to schedule an appointment online, you can complete our online form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!