We have carefully resumed routine orthodontic care to serve you. Please see our safety procedures here and call us for your next visit.

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We’re Serious About the Banned Foods List

Part of the braces experience is the banned foods list.

Our patients might be familiar with most or all of the types of food on the list, but do how about why it’s so important to avoid them?

Braces Aren’t Indestructible

Eating the wrong thing can break a bracket. We can fix that, of course, but any time a bracket isn’t attached is time the braces are less effective, and it could add to the overall length of treatment. Foods to completely avoid until the braces come off include popcorn, nuts, ice, chewing gum, hard candy, chewy candy, pizza crust, bagels or other hard rolls, crunchy vegetables and fruits, hard crackers, pretzels, and chips.

Not banned But Good to Avoid

Some foods aren’t on the list of foods that need to be avoided to protect the brackets but it’s still a good idea to cut back on them, like anything containing a lot of sugar. Braces make it much harder to clean all the remnants away, so plaque buildup is more likely.

If a bracket does come loose, make sure to contact us instead of waiting for the next adjustment appointment!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.